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    Question 99144 at an ASC
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    A physician is performing pain management procedures in an ASC.
    The ASC employs a "trained qualified observer" who is documenting for conscious sedation. Is 99144 a billable service by the physician since he is responsible for overseeing the ASC employee?

    Any help would be appreciated!

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    Here are things to consider from CPT Assistant Feb. 2006 when reviewing the documentation the physician has processed for the encounter.



    Question: If the physician does not administer the agent, are the moderate sedation codes appropriately reported?

    Answer: In the case of 99143-99145 where the physician is performing the diagnostic or therapeutic service provides the sedation and the presence of an independent, trained observer to assist in the monitoring of the patient's level of consciousness and physiological status is required, it is appropriate that the agent(s) be administered by the independent, trained observer under the orders of the physician performing the diagnostic or therapeutic service.


    Question: How should I report a moderate sedation procedure performed by an independent observer on an adult that lasts 35 minutes?

    Answer: Code 99144 and add-on code 99145 are reported



    The first code family (99143-99145) is designated for moderate sedation services provided by the same physician performing the diagnostic or therapeutic service that the sedation supports. This code family also requires the presence of an independent, trained observer to assist in the monitoring of the patient's level of consciousness and physiological status.


    Clinical Example: 99144

    A patient 5 years of age or older presents with a complaint necessitating performance of some procedure or service (ie, the "supported procedure"), in support for which moderate sedation is deemed clinically appropriate. The treating physician will perform both the supported procedure and the moderate sedation service.

    Description of Procedure: 99144

    The physician supervises the administration and induction of the sedating agent, with or without an analgesic, initiated by the independent, trained observer. The patient is observed until a safe and effective level of moderate sedation is achieved. The physician, assisted by the independent, trained observer, continually assesses the patient's level of consciousness and physiological status throughout the performance of the supported procedure. Additional doses of sedating agent are ordered by the physician, as needed, to maintain the achieved level of sedation for the supported procedure.

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    Thank you so much for the information! On top of the answers you have provided, I need to know if my physician can bill this service when he is seeing a patient at an ASC and they, the ASC, employ the "trained observer", will my physician be able to bill 99144 on the physician billing side....since it cannot be billed by the ASC...who gets to bill it?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBROCKMAN View Post
    Thank you so much for the information! On top of the answers you have provided, I need to know if my physician can bill this service when he is seeing a patient at an ASC and they, the ASC, employ the "trained observer", will my physician be able to bill 99144 on the physician billing side....since it cannot be billed by the ASC...who gets to bill it?

    Thanks again!
    Yes, the conscious sedation (99144) is billable by the physician,not the ASC.
    Nakisha Credit, CPC

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