Can someone please help? I am new to anesthesiology coding and am a bit confused. I just took an old webinar from AAPC thinking it would help, but it has confused me more.
First question - which code would you use for a Laparoscopic Appendectomy? Would it be 00840 or 00860? I had picked 00840 but this webinar stated that it should be 00860 - even though the CPT book does not state including laparocsopy like code 00840 does.
Second question - from what I have been trying to figure out, we bill the insurance based on the base units and time. My question is how do you do this? I have printed out a list from CMS on the base units, but I am confused on how that would be applied to the claim form and how would I bill the time - for both commercial and Medicare? Also, the modifiers confuse me - do I use the P modifiers, the AA modifier and of course my Anesthesiologist is a Locum too! And how would I find and apply fees? I have to code these services and then forward them over to someone to post into the billing system, so I need to have the total $ charges listed for her too!
If anyone can explain this to me I would apprecaite it! I feel very clueless and am not getting anywhere trying to find my answers!
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