In Coding
Feb 24th, 2015
Moderate sedation (99143-99150) is a drug-induced depression of consciousness. No interventions are necessary to maintain a patent airway, and cardiovascular function is usually maintained. The patient is sedated, but can respond purposefully to verbal command. Moderate sedation codes are (patient) age and time specific. Codes 99143-99145 identify sedation provided by a physician who also performs ...
Aug 1st, 2009
Let age and time determine the codes. By Samantha Mullins, CPC, CPC-I, ASC-AN, MCS-P Moderate (conscious) sedation/analgesia (CPT® 99143-99150) is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which the patient responds purposefully to verbal command, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. No interventions are necessary to maintain a patent airway—spontaneous ventilation is a...
Aug 1st, 2009
Knowing where the line is can clear up hazy anesthesia reporting. By Kelly Dennis, MBA, CPC, CPC-I, CANPC, ACS-AN Coding moderate sedation (or conscious sedation) and monitored anesthesia care (MAC) is not difficult; however, distinguishing what the services provided are and deciphering conflicted information about which physicians can report what codes can be confusing. Misinterpretation ...
Sep 1st, 2008
Get Out of the Fog with Coding Tools of the Trade By Sarah Todt RN, CPC-EDS Emergency department (ED) physicians are armed with tools to provide adjunct care to typical evaluation and management (E/M) services. Frequently, ED care involves procedures that are easily performed with, or require, moderate conscious sedation (MCS). New medications allow ED ...