• 05/26/16 - Emergency code 99140

      Question: Will you please refresh us on when it is appropriate to use emergency code 99140? Answer: An emergency is defined by the ASA as “existing when delay in treatment of the patient would lead to a significant increase in the threat to life or body part.”                         An emergency is ...

  • 05-02-16 - Anesthesia pre-evaluation of a surgical patient

      Question: If an anesthesiologist is waiting for the surgeon to arrive to start the procedure, can he/she bill for the extra time of waiting as part of the pre-evaluation? Answer: No, this would be deemed to be part of the pre-evaluation and therefore would be bundled into the anesthesia base unit ...