Pain Management Lidocaine and Marcaine

cbowman1

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1)Is Lidocaine or Marcaine reimbursed if billed with an ESI or joint injection?
2) Is Lidocaine mixed with steriods or any other medications given with an ESI or joint injection reimbursed?
 

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No. CMS guildelines considers the use of lidocaine, marcaine, procaine, xylocaine or any other "caine" as part of the surgical service & is not separately billable when used as a local anesthetic. Most payers follow the same guideline.
 

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No. CMS guildelines considers the use of lidocaine, marcaine, procaine, xylocaine or any other "caine" as part of the surgical service & is not separately billable when used as a local anesthetic. Most payers follow the same guideline.
In a case where it is being mixed with something else and not being used as a local anesthetic what is your thoughts?:)
 
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