tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 7

Reader Question: Check Documentation for Any Additional Post Operative Services

Question: The pain management specialist inserted a catheter for a continuous femoral nerve block for acute postoperative pain management for a patient following an open reduction internal  fixation (ORIF) for a distal femur fracture. He checked in on the patient for two days to manage the continuous infusion Can I separately report the catheter insertion? Kentucky Subscriber Answer: You can bill for the insertion of continuous femoral infusion catheter separately, as long as your provider did not use it as part of the anesthesia for the ORIF. How to report: If your specialist placed the catheter for postoperative...

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