Anesthesia Coding: Unlisted Procedures, E/M and Nerve Blocks

There’s no denying that anesthesia coding is like no other specialty. You have your own codes, rules … and challenges. But dealing with these quirks doesn’t have to leave you pulling your hair out.

E/M Coding: Make the Most of Time with These Tips


Counseling and coordination of care count toward E/M time if done properly

Believe it or not, you have a nifty tool to capture higher-level office visit codes when your pain management specialist or anesthesiologist provides mainly counseling to a patient.

If you overlook CPT’s time rule, you’ll end up with lower-level codes for visits involving mainly counseling and little-to-no history, examination, or medical decision making. Start benefiting from your physician’s time as the controlling factor...

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