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Continuous Femoral Blocks

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    I have a question on how everyone is billing this for post-op pain. If code 64448-59 is used for post op pain and the Anesthesiologist is following the patient for the next few days. What code are you using to bill this? 01996 or a subsequent care visit?

    Alicia, CPC

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    Subsequent E/M visit.

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    We bill subsequent E&M also when documentation supports. ASA code 01996 specifically states "epidural or subarachnoid continuous drug administration" - given this description 01996 is not applicable for continuous peripheral nerve blocks.

    Julie, CPC

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    Would you use a modifier with the subsequent E&M code??

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    We use a modifier 24 for Medicare patients, but now have just started to use it on all insurances for subsequent care visits.

    Alicia, CPC

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