12/22/2014 – Changes to 2015 ASA codes

Question: Are there any ASA code changes for 2015 we should be aware of?


Answer:The ASA has published their 2015 Relative Value Guide booklet and there are a few changes that should be noted.


They deleted codes:

00452 – Anesthesia for procedures on clavicle and scapula; radical surgery

00622 – Anesthesia for procedures on thoracic spine and cord; thoracolumbar sympathectomy.

00634 – Anesthesia for procedures in lumbar region; chemonucleolysis.


The following two code definitions have also been revised:

00534 – Anesthesia for transvenous insertion or replacement of pacing cardioverter-defibrillator

(RVG Comment: For electrophysiologic studies for cardioverter-defibrillators, report code 00537.  Includes anesthetic management for electrophysiologic testing of cardioverter-defbrillators).


00537 – Anesthesia for cardiac electrophysiologic procedures including radiofrequency ablation.


(RVG Comment: Includes anesthetic management for electrophysiologic testing of cardioverter-defibrillators. To be used only for electrophysiologic procedures.  For testing, see 00534).

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