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Kirsten Posted Fri 29th of January, 2016 14:04:50 PM

My Doc took the patient to surgery for a status post TKA knee manipulation. However, the patient was under (MAC- Monitored Anesthesia Care) via IV sedation instead of a complete general anesthetic (Either ET tube or LMA). Is this still a 27570 code if the patient is only sedated in the OR by anesthesia?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 01st of February, 2016 01:18:51 AM


When it comes to anesthesia, I would like to direct you to CPT Assistant Special Edition 2006 which states, “Code descriptors that include the phrases “with anesthesia” or “requiring anesthesia” indicate that the work involved in performing that procedure requires anesthesia, whether it is general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or monitored anesthesia care (MAC).

MAC is as good as general anesthesia.


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