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62311 vs. 62319

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    One of my anesthesiologists wants to bill 62319 for a caudal epidural due to the fact that he insterted a catheter and injected the medication that way. It was my understanding that 62319 is for a "continuous" epideral. Am I missing something in the wording of the procedure code?

    Thanks in advance for your help!!


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    This response is from a Pain Management Coding seminar sponsored by HCPro:

    62319—ESI injection—lumbar or sacral (caudal)
    – Procedure: A catheter is threaded through the needle and placed in
    the space. A continuous infusion is started for several hours/days.
    Occasionally, three or more injections might be given over a period
    of hours/days and may involve different substances

    A catheter may also be used in 62311, but it is removed immediately and not left in the patient.

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    Tell him that a single injection regardless if he used a catheter is billed with 62311.

    Like the other post you received 62319 includes the placement of the catheter than a cont infusion or bolus.

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