AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 5 (May)

Anesthesia (May 2007)

May 2007 page 9 Coding Communication:Anesthesia Question Should the time spent placing nerve blocks for postoperative pain control, spinals, arterial lines, etc, be deducted from main anesthesia start and stop times? Would the time spent placing these items need to be deducted from the anesthesia time for the operation? Is there a difference between the arterial line, etc, being placed prior to the patient "going to sleep" or after in regards to discounting this "placement" time? AMA Comment The Anesthesia guidelines in the CPT codebook indicate that placement of monitoring devices such as central venous lines, arterial lines, and...

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