10/26/16 – Reporting multiple labor epidurals on the same patient

 

 

Question: The anesthesia provider places an epidural for a labor patient (01967). Two hours later, a second provider from the same group repeats the procedure. May we report both provider’s services?

 

Answer: No, neuraxial labor anesthesia for a planned vaginal delivery is a “one-billing-only” code. The full descriptor for the code states the service includes any repeat work including additional injections and “any necessary replacement of an epidural catheter during labor.”


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