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    How would I code for a labor epidural converting to general anesthesia for a c section due to inadequate relief from the epidural?

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    Assuming your usual practice is to bill 01967 for a labor epidural (because obstetrical anesthesia service coding can vary depending on extent of service, hospital contracts, and insurance contract specifications) then this scenario is no different than labor epidural to c-section epidural. ASA codes 01967 + add-on 01968 are appropriate also for labor epidural to general anes for c-section.

    Julie D , CPC

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    Default Epidural Placement

    In this case would you also bill the epidural placement from the original planned vaginal delivery?

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    Epidural placement or replacement is already bundled in 01967 and as Julie said, you would use 01968 in conjunction with 01967.
    Thank you

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