AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 9 (September)

Special Services and Reports, Time in the Operating Room 99024 (Q&A) (September 1997)

September 1997 page 10e Coding Consultation Special Services and Reports - Time, 99024 (Q&A) Question Is there a code to report time in an operating room? AMA Comment There is no code that represents time in the operating room. CPT represents procedures, and the use of an operating room is not a procedure. Page 53 of CPT 1997, under Listed Surgical Procedures, gives the definition of what is included when reporting a surgical code. "Listed surgical procedures include the operation per se, local infiltration metacarpal/digital block or topical anesthesia when used, and normal, uncomplicated follow-up care. This concept...

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