Published in Anesthesia Coding Alert, September 2008
Question: I was always under the impression that total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) was considered general, but I have heard recently that some payers consider TIVA to be monitored anesthesia care (MAC). Which is correct?How can I identify MAC services?
Answer: Whether TIVA is general or MAC should be determined and documented by your anesthesiologist.
There are three types of anesthesia, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Standards for Basic Anesthesia Monitoring: general, regional and MAC. TIVA refers to how a drug is given and means all anesthetic drugs were given by IV, not inhalation. These drugs can be given to provide MAC or general, depending on the dose concentration and type.
Above is from Coding Alert 2008 from the The Coding Institute/Supercoder
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