AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 7 (July)

Conscious Sedation (July 1998)

July 1998 pages 1-3 Conscious Sedation Sedation with or without analgesia (conscious sedation) is used to achieve a medically controlled state of depressed consciousness while maintaining the patient's airway, protective reflexes, and ability to respond to stimulation or verbal commands. Because of the widely variable practices in the reporting of conscious sedation, specific new codes were added to CPT in 1998 describing conscious sedation services. Historically, many third-party payors limited the use of codes in the anesthesia section of CPT to anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists only. Codes 99141 and 99142 were added to allow for sedation with or without...

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