AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 12 (December)

Anesthesia (Q&A) (December 2012)

December 2012 page 12 Anesthesia Question: When an anesthesiologist performs a postoperative pain management injection prior to surgery in the "pre-op holding area" or postsurgical "recovery room," may the injection procedure be reported or must all services be performed in the operating/procedure room? Answer: When the injection is performed separately from the anesthesia for the surgery, it would be reported separately as an independent procedure. When general anesthesia is administered and epidural or nerve block injection(s) are performed to provide postoperative analgesia, they are separate and distinct services and are reported in addition to the anesthesia code. This...

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