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    Default Xylocaine with Foley cath insert

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    I know very little about anesthesia and sedation coding. I have a general surgeon that wants to charge for the use of xylocaine during the insertion of a Foley. Can we do this? If so, how do we bill it? If not, can you point me in a direction to have it in writing when I tell him we can't.
    Thank you for the help.

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    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado


    No you can't code for the xylocaine. Per CPT Surgical Package Definition, local infiltration, metacarpal/metatrsal/digital block or topical anesthesia are included in the procedure.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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