AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 7 (July)

Medicine: Qualifying Circumstances for Anesthesia (Q&A) (July 2011)

July 2011 page 17b Medicine: Qualifying Circumstances for Anesthesia Question: Using the new CPT "Time" guidelines for reporting time-based codes, how would moderate sedation performed by an independent observer on an adult that lasts 35 minutes be reported? Answer: Based on the CPT guidelines' instruction on "Time," code 99144, Moderate sedation services (other than those services described by codes 00100-01999) provided by the same physician performing the diagnostic or therapeutic service that the sedation supports, requiring the presence of an independent trained observer to assist in the monitoring of the patient's level of consciousness and physiological status; age...

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