3 times anesthesiologists should use evaluation & management codes

Failure to use evaluation and management codes in certain situations can lead to lost revenue, according to Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira.

Here are three situations in which anesthesia providers should use E&M codes:

1. Cancelled cases. There are two types of cancelled cases: those cancelled before induction and those cancelled after induction.

2. Anesthesia consults. A consult must include documentation of three specific elements: an evaluation request and reason, a rendering of an opinion and a report back to the requesting physician.

3. Daily management of non-epidural catheters. Daily epidural catheter management is billed with a code requiring minimal documentation. Non-epidural indwelling catheter management requires a subsequent hospital visit code instead.

Read more about E&M documentation and the changing requirements here.

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