AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 10 (October)

Anesthesia and Postoperative Pain Management (October 2001)

October 2001 page 9 Coding Clarification Anesthesia and Postoperative Pain Management The following article builds on information originally presented in the February 1997 CPT Assistant article, "Anesthesia: Coding for Procedural Services." Codes for procedures commonly used in the management of postoperative pain include 62318 and 62319 (both introduced in CPT 2000) for continuous epidural analgesia and the series of codes for somatic nerve blocks (64400-64450). 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...

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