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Two Procedures-Two Reports?

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    Default Two Procedures-Two Reports?
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    I need some expertise with Anesthesia coding...If 2 surgeons perform 2 different procedures (ex: radius fracture & lower leg skin graft) during the same session, is the anesthesia reported separately? I have heard that you should choose the highest level procedure for the total time.
    Does anyone have information on this?

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    You are correct. You would bill the total anesthesia time with the highest level procedure done. In this case I would use the anesthesia code for the radius fracture.

    Both of the procedures have an RVG of 3 base units, however the anesthesia code used for the radius fracture(01820/01830 depending on if it was a closed or open procedure) will be more complex then the anesthesia code(00400) for the skin graft.

    Hope that helps!
    Missy Heuer CPC, CIRCC, CANPC

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