AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 12 (December)

Anesthesia (December 2007)

December 2007 page 10 Bonus Feature:Anesthesia Question: If an anesthesiologist performs a preoperative femoral nerve block for pain control just prior to general anesthesia, is this injection inclusive of the overall procedure? Answer: It is appropriate to report pain management procedures, including the insertion of an epidural catheter or the performance of a nerve block, for postoperative analgesia separately from the administration of a general anesthetic. When general anesthesia is administered and these injections are performed to provide postoperative analgesia, they are separate and distinct services and are reported in addition to the anesthesia code. Whether the block procedure...

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