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    I Am New At Coding For Anesthesia. I Had An Anesthesiologist Say A Patient Was In A Lateral Position. Is Their A Modifier Or A Code I Need To Use For The Lateral Position.

    Thanks,
    Jenny

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    Hi,

    I think u neither have to append any modifier nor need to code the position seperately.

    Regards,
    Dr. poonam

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    If the base unit value of your anesthesia code is 5 or more, the lateral position is already considered in this code. If the code is less than 5 units you can append the -22 modifier (or if you have a contract with this payer whatever is specified by that contract) & increase your base units to 5 plus any modifying units. You will need to send medical rationale with the claim. NOTE: Some payers do not pay additional units for position.

    Julie, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarant View Post
    I Am New At Coding For Anesthesia. I Had An Anesthesiologist Say A Patient Was In A Lateral Position. Is Their A Modifier Or A Code I Need To Use For The Lateral Position.

    Thanks,
    Jenny
    Hi,
    Lateral positioned patients are mostly elderly-
    For the sake of hypertension sometimes they are asked to adjust this way-
    May be a 99100 added on, if pt. age is above 70-
    May be a P3 modifier sometimes required;
    Kindly, check-

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    Thanks to everyone for the responses.

    Jenny

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