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MAC Anesthesia with Continuous Pain Catheter for Post Op

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    Default MAC Anesthesia with Continuous Pain Catheter for Post Op
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    If MAC is the primary mode of anesthesia for the procedure, and a Femoral Nerve Continuous Catheter is placed and clearly documented for post op pain, is the continuous catheter separately billable? If there is documentation to support the answer, I would appreciate that information as well.

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    yes, if it is documentated as NOT the mode of anesthesia, you can bill for the nerve block, make sure you append the -59 modifer and if your docs use the ultrasonic guidence and they are not utilizing the equip, append -26.

    another girl had posted this and thought this would help as well..

    "See the ASA website at

    and scroll to the link for

    Reporting Postoperative Pain Procedures in Conjunction With Anesthesia (2010) "

    hope this helps
    Last edited by ohiocoder101; 12-09-2010 at 07:39 PM.

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