AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 6 (June)

Anesthesia (Q&A) (June 2011)

June 2011 page 13 Coding Consultation: Questions and Answers Anesthesia Question: When multiple procedures are performed, how is anesthesia administration reported? Answer: Generally, a single code is reported for anesthesia administration, whether the operating physician performs one or multiple procedures. When multiple procedures are performed during a single anesthetic administration, usually only the procedure code for the most complex service and the total time for all procedures are reported. Anesthesia add-on codes are an exception. Codes 01953, 01968, and 01969 describe anesthesia add-on procedures, which are reported in addition to the primary anesthesia codes. Question: Our physician removed 24...

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