AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 5 (May)

What's New in Coding Pain Management Procedures? (May 1999)

May 1999 pages 8-9 Coding Communication What's New in Coding Pain Management Procedures? Figures 1 and 2: Nerve Distribution of the Brachial Plexus and the Lumbosacral Plexus We've recently received several requests for clarification on reporting various pain management procedures such as insertion of an infusion catheter in the brachial plexus or lumbar plexus. Rather than simply addressing these requests through our coding consultation section, we thought more elaboration was in order. Currently, catheters are placed for continuous administration of anesthetic. For example, in the management of acute postoperative pain; or pre-emptively, to prevent "phantom limb" phenomenon or pain...

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