• 12/29/15 - Documentation policies for routine cesarean follow-ups by anesthesiologists

      Question: Is it appropriate to bill a post-operative visit when the anesthesiologist checks on the patient the day after a cesarean delivery (01961)? Answer: A follow-up visit is permissible when there’s a documented complication (e.g. itching or pain). Report the subsequent care code when the patient does not have a catheter, ...

  • 12/01/15 - Tap Catheters

      Question:  What is a TAP catheter, and how should we code for using one?   Answer: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) catheters are an alternative to epidural analgesia after upper abdominal surgery. It sometimes is also used as an adjunct to anesthesia for abdominal laparoscopic procedures.   If a TAP catheter is used for postoperative ...