AMA CPT® Assistant - 2006 Issue 2 (February)

Moderate (Conscious) Sedation (February 2006)

February 2006 pages 9-13 Coding Communication:Moderate (Conscious) Sedation Significant to CPT 2006, the moderate (conscious) sedation codes have evolved to identify more accurately current clinical practice. Moderate sedation is the most clinically relevant term used to describe the services provided. For this reason, the subhead and guidelines have been revised to reference conscious sedation as the secondary less preferred term to describe moderate sedation services. This article focuses on the newly developed guidelines, six new codes, and the associated cross-references that have been established to accommodate the moderate sedation services. Moderate sedation is the same service that was previously...

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