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    Does anyone know if it is a requirement for the physician to state the total moderate sedation time in the report?

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    Default 99143-50 are time based

    The moderate sedation codes are time based, so yes, the time must be recorded in the documentation of the service. Note, CPT specifically requires that the time be intra-service time, and the guidelines give specific instructions as to what is and is not included in the intra-service time. (2008 CPT professional edition, page 435).

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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