tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2002 Issue 5

You Be the Coder: Reduction with Anesthesia

Test your coding knowledge. Determine how you would code this situation before looking at the box below for the answer. Question: An elderly man presented to our ED with a dislocation of the patella. He was in a lot of pain, and the physician administered intravenous Dilaudid and Valium in order to treat him. Should we assign a code that includes anesthesia (e.g., 27562) for this?Colorado Subscriber     Answer: No, that would not be appropriate. Instead, you should code conscious sedation (99141, Sedation with or without analgesia [conscious sedation]; intravenous, intramuscular or inhalation). CPT has indicated...

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