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    I have a Dr who went in to set up an epidural for a delivery. When he walked in the pt was fully dialated and pushing. He noted "Anesthesia Stand-By" and took her BP for about 15-20 minutes.

    Can I bill out a type of 'Standy-By" code from E/M section or another code that describes his actions? Or maybe none at all?

    Thanks.

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    If you look at code 99360 it is a standby code, but he must have been in attendance at least 30 minutes and at the end of the 30 minutes did not end in a procedure. See if this helps you.

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    I agree with Anna. 99360 stand by requires a minimum of 30 minutes of time. Based on the information given I fail to see the medical necessity of the anesthesia provider's attendance as it appears to simply be a precipitous delivery in which the patient did not require anesthesia.

    Julie, CPC

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    Thank you both....the anesthesiologist that i code for likes to bill out more than they should sometimes....so i like to check in to see the correct way to do it.

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