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Anesthesia Coding Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

Anesthesia Coding Alert offers reliable anesthesia coding guidance to ensure optimal reporting and payer reimbursement.

With a 12-month subscription to this invaluable eNewsletter, you’ll take your coding skills to the next level and feel confident navigating challenges related to calculating time, coding multiple line placements, using anesthesia modifiers, reporting cancelled cases, and more.

Streamline Your Anesthesia Work and Earn Maximum Pay

From clarifying the difference between medical direction and supervision to pointing out easy-to-miss anesthesia code changes, our experts keep you in the know.

Find out about the NCCI edits that affect your top CPT® and HCPCS codes, get tips on tough-to-code cases, and stay on top of regulatory changes and revisions to modifiers, payer policies, the fee schedule, and the OIG watch list.

Every issue of Anesthesia Coding Alert gives you a wealth of information — including timely tutorials and important ICD-10-CM training for the array of diagnoses anesthesia coders report.

5 Reasons You Should Subscribe to Anesthesia Coding Alert

  • Boost Your Bottom Line: Keep your claims on track with timely reviews of the latest anesthesia coding opportunities and updates.
  • Practical Tools: Download handy clip-and-save cheat sheets and checklists covering E/M coding, bilateral billing rules, auditing, and more.
  • Timesaver: Search thousands of archived anesthesia coding articles by code or keyword to quickly find the information you’re looking for.
  • ICD-10 Helper: Get straightforward ICD-10-CM articles to make sure your diagnosis coding skills are top notch.
  • Annual CEUs: Keep your CPC and CANPC certification current by earning 6 CEUs with your subscription to Anesthesia Coding Alert.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

AAPC coding newsletters will help new coders get up to speed on the job. The articles cover several in-specialty topics each month and delve into the specifics of coding procedures and services. A new coder could get information on a coding scenario in a newsletter before they encounter it in the workplace, which is a huge asset.

Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.


eNewsletter Title


Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert


Cardiology Coding Alert


E/M Coding Alert


ED Coding Alert


Gastroenterology Coding Alert


General Surgery Coding Alert


ICD-10 Coding Alert


Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert


Neurosurgery Coding Alert


Ob-gyn Coding Alert


Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert


Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert


Orthopedic Coding Alert


Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Path/Lab Coding Alert


Pediatric Coding Alert


Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert


Primary Care Coding Alert


Pulmonology Coding Alert


Radiology Coding Alert


Urology Coding Alert



Health Information Compliance Alert


Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement


Part B Insider


Practice Management Alert



Home Care Week


Hospice Insider


MDS Alert


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Low blood pressure doesn’t automatically mean you report this code. Because no two anesthesia cases are alike, a group of add-on codes known as “qualifying circumstances” (or QC) codes describe situations that could impact the nature of anesthesia services provided. Let’s dig into one of those codes, +99135 (Anesthesia complicated by utilization of controlled hypotension (List separately in addition to [...]

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These add-on codes help better explain the circumstances. Anesthesia codes +99100-+99140 are add-on codes that describe circumstances that significantly affect your anesthesia provider’s service. Report these codes in addition to the applicable anesthesia code; and remember, you can submit more than one qualifying circumstances code on a claim, if applicable. The options are: +99100 (Anesthesia for patient of extreme age, [...]

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Keep key terms in mind to move in the right direction. Billing for medical procedures can be confusing on even the best day, and issues such as the No Surprises Act (NSA) don’t do much to boost many coders’ confidence. The good news is, you’re not alone in your confusion. The better news is, our experts are here to help [...]

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Question: What procedure code should I report for intubation EUA (examination under anesthesia)? The associated diagnoses are dyspnea and upper airway obstruction. Connecticut Subscriber Answer: Your question is difficult to answer without more information. Here are two possibilities, depending on the specifics of the case. If the anesthesiologist intubated a patient with no anesthesia services, you should report 31500 (Intubation, endotracheal, emergency [...]

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Question: What is the correct way to bill screening colonoscopies that become diagnostic colonoscopies for commercial insurance and Medicare Advantage? The coders in our office agree with Medicare changing to 00811 with modifier PT, but we are not sure if we are supposed to bill the other insurance companies the same as Medicare. Louisiana Subscriber Answer: Coding is never a one-size-fits-all situation [...]

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Question: The CRNA provided anesthesia for surgery noted as “Septoplasty, ASA 2.” For billing CRNA services, would CPT® 00160 or 00162 be more appropriate? I know we’ll also need to append some modifiers. Pennsylvania Subscriber Answer: The correct anesthesia crosswalk code for a procedure is not affected by whether the service is provided by an anesthesiologist or another provider. The surgical septoplasty [...]

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