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    Question Can anesthesiologist bill for critical care?

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    Here is the senario. The patient is in for a repeat c-section and starts to hemorrage. The baby is delivered by 2 OB-GYN Dr's and the patient had a hysterectomy. My anesthesologist wants to bill 99291 and 99292 for her services. My confusion is that there are 2 other Dr's there. Would it be appropriate for the anesthesologist to bill critical care?
    I have never had an anesthesologist bill for critical care.

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    Apr 2007
    Westin, FL


    Those are E/M services and this would not be appropriate. The primary doctor would be billing those service. You doctor should just bill for the measures she took, if any.

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    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


    That "critical care" portion would be supplied in your time spent supervising the patient and in any additional add-on codes or procedures reported concurrently.

    While Anesthesia can offer critical care services, that's unlikely in the OR.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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