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Thread: 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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    Apr 2007
    Boardman, Ohio


    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 http://www.asahq.org/For-Healthcare-...tatements.aspx

    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.
    Julie S., CPC
    Anesthesia Coder
    Education Officer, Cleveland Area Chapter 2016
    Email: medcoder05@gmail.com

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