In CMS
Apr 14th, 2019
Moderate sedation, also sometimes referred to as conscious sedation, is a drug-induced depression of consciousness. A patient who has been sedated in this way is relaxed and generally insensitive to pain, but remains awake and able to respond to verbal instruction. If medically necessary and properly documented, moderate sedation is a separately reported service. Codes ...
In Coding
Jul 11th, 2017
For 2017, the AMA revised the codes and coding rules for moderate (conscious) sedation. In prior years, moderate sedation was bundled to (e.g., not separately reported or paid) with nearly 450 CPT® codes. Now, moderate sedation always is reported and paid separately, when medically necessary and properly documented. The CPT® codebook replaced the previous moderate ...
Updates to conscious sedation, telemedicine, laryngoplasty, and other codes will keep you on your toes. A single policy change has affected the valuation and application of nearly 450 codes in CPT® 2017. Let’s explore the impact of this change, as well as the other major changes in CPT® 2017. Conscious Sedation Is No Longer Bundled The ...
Changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2017 Final Rule and CPT® 2017 mean that moderate sedation is no longer bundled, under any circumstances. As noted in the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, many codes valued to include moderate sedation were reported instead with a separate, associated anesthesia code (as allowed by CPT® guidelines). ...