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).