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    Can anesthesia codes be billed with modifier 50? For example, can 00120 be billed with a 50 for a bilateral procedure?


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    No anesthesia is based on time. You also have base units assigned to each anesthesia code. If you do multiple procedures you choose the code with highest base units.


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    Thanks Charla,
    That is how I understood it, then I came across this, what does it mean?

    00120 Anesthesia for procedures on external, middle, and inner ear including biopsy;
    not otherwise specified

    00124 otoscopy

    00126 tympanotomy
    Pub. 100-4, Chapter 12, Sections 50, 140, 140.2,
    Coding Tip
    Codes 00120–00126 each identify a unilateral
    service. If the surgeon performs bilateral surgical
    services, use modifier 50 (bilateral procedure).


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    Jamaica, NY
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    The surgeon would bill with the 50 modifier, not the anesthesiologist. The only time an anesthesiologist would use a 50 modifier is if he/she is performing the actual procedure, for example: bilateral saccroiliac joint injections...27096-50.

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