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Adding Value for Special Circumstances: Field Avoidance and Special Positioning

Kelly D. Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I Perfect Office Solutions, Inc., Leesburg, FLIn coding and billing for anesthesia services, it often seems that just when you think you understand the rules, something changes.One area of anesthesia billing that consistently confuses practices and coding professionals is the ability to add value ...
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The Winning Strategy for Billing Invasive Monitoring

When the ASA Relative Value Guide (RVG) was first developed in the 1970s it established a significant precedent with regard to what services could be billed as incidental to an anesthetic. The guide established the concept of "invasive" as the critical criterion.Arterial artery catheters, known as A-lines; central venous catheters; and Swan-Ganz ca...
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The Winning Strategy for Billing Invasive Monitoring

Kelly D. Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I Perfect Office Solutions, Inc., Leesburg, FL When the ASA Relative Value Guide (RVG) was first developed in the 1970s it established a significant precedent with regard to what services could be billed as incidental to an anesthetic. The guide established the concept of "invasive" as the critica...
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2016 Coding Updates for Anesthesia

When you received your 2016 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Relative Value Guide (RVG) books or discs, you probably noticed there were no new anesthesia code additions or deletions listed for this year. Since the CPT book usually arrives before the RVG, you may not have taken a good look through your RVG or may not have ordered a 2016 RVG as there were no coding changes. However, there are a number of important updates in the RVG New/ Revised RVG Coding Comments section which are not included in the Anesthesia section of the CPT. These comments may affect the way anesthesia coders assign procedure codes in the upcoming year. As this article will not include all updated comments, be sure to order your 2016 RVG. I’ve chosen a few that are certain to have an impact on 2016 coding for anesthesia services. Let’s start with...
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Field Avoidance and Special Positioning

According to Socrates, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” A thirst for knowledge by one who is new to the field can be just as important to an employer as an employee with years of experience—even more so if the experienced employee believes they know all there is to know. This is especially true about anesthesia billing—just when you think you have the rules down pat, something changes. Staying on top of your game requires constant learning, and the vessel will never be full. Knowledge is power and, literally, at our fingertips. Much of what one seeks to find can be accessed through search engines. Now it seems the hardest part of learning is an understanding of how to whittle down the vast amounts of data into just the information one needs. Qualifying circumstances, including field avoidance and special positioning, are unique to anesthesia...
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