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  1. Question General anesthesia with nerve block
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    Hoping someone can give me the guidelines as I am not very familiar with anesthesia. Physician is billing general 01630. Three minutes prior to induction he gives the patient a nerve block 64415 in pre-op. Is the nerve block considered a multiple procedure?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by anita carleton; 07-25-2011 at 08:07 AM.

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    yes but.........

    It has to be documented that it is for Post Op Pain and given a 59. I use the pain dx's example

    Block with General anesthesia

    64415 59 Lt 719.41

    for a pain block for post of pain


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    Is reimbursement for the block allowed as a mulitiple procedure? 59 is attahced. But encoder pro states mulitple procedures?

    Thank you !!

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    64415 has a muliple surgery payment indicator of two.

    "2 - Standard payment adjustment rules for multiple procedures apply."

    "Standard payment adjustment rules for multiple procedures apply. If procedure is reported on the same day as another procedure with an indicator of 1, 2, or 3, rank the procedures by fee schedule amount and apply the appropriate reduction to this code (100%, 50%, 50%, 50%, 50% and by report). Base the payment on the lower of (a) the actual charge, or (b) the fee schedule amount reduced by the appropriate percentage. " from Medassets

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    Although I getting a server error when trying to access physician fee schedule look up for 01630 I would assume the multiple surgery payment indicator would NA for this code and 64415 would not be subject to the 50% adjustment.

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    Thank you so much for the information!

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