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    Default Anesthesiologists billing the actual surgical code

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    Does anyone know if it is acceptable for anesthesiologists to bill for the actual surgical code with minutes and units and any appropriate anesthesia modifiers? I have been in an argument about whether this is acceptable or not. I would appreciate any input.
    Thank you
    Sandy Foti

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    Lincoln, NE


    If you're talking about billing for anesthesia services we have some commercial insurance payers who still prefer/accept the CPT code with minutes of anesthesia and/or units of service. The reasoning I've been given is that they need the anesthesia claim coding to match the surgeon's coding to ensure proper payment. Most payers, however, prefer the ASA code.

    My billing system gives me either option and, for reporting purposes, we enter the all charges with the CPT codes and my billing program references the appropriate coding billing guideline as I have set up in the insurance file maintenance.

    Julie, CPC
    Last edited by jdrueppel; 06-02-2009 at 08:58 PM.

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    yes I was talking about anesthesia services. So this practice is based solely on payor preference? Thank you for your response.

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    Lincoln, NE


    Yes, I'd say the norm is the submission of the ASA code but it is not inappropriate for a payer to request the CPT code if it is what is necessary for them to process the claim.

    Julie, CPC

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    Default Billing 00142 and 66984 surgery code together

    I have a similar question. An anesthesia group is billing both the 00142 and 66984 and getting paid for both. That would be incorrect, right?

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    Lincoln, NE


    Are both charges for professional services? I can't think of a reason to be billing both codes unless it is a payer specific billing guideline and and even then it's not making sense to me. For most payers (i.e. Medicare or UHC) if they are billing both codes it would not be correct. Remember, just because you get paid for something does not make it correct.

    Julie, CPC

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    Thanks so much.

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