Payment for Multiple Anesthesia Procedures and Add-On Codes

Multiple Anesthesia Procedures
Payment may be made under the fee schedule for anesthesia services associated with multiple surgical procedures or multiple bilateral procedures. Payment is based on the base unit of the anesthesia procedure with the highest base unit value and the total time units based on the multiple procedures with the exception of the new add-on codes. On the CMS-1500 claim form, report the anesthesia procedure code with the highest base unit value in Item 24D. In Item 24G, indicate the total time for all the procedures performed.
Add-On Codes
Add-on codes exist for anesthesia involving burn excisions or debridement and obstetrical anesthesia. The add-on code is billed in conjunction to the primary anesthesia code. In the burn area, code 01953 is used in conjunction with code 01952. In the obstetrical area, code 01968 or 01969 is used in conjunction with code 01967. All anesthesia time should be reported only with the primary anesthesia code involving burn excisions or debridement. Anesthesia time for the obstetrical codes should be reported separately on the primary code and the add-on code.

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