Ever since the Office or Other Outpatient visit Evaluation and Management services CPT codes for new and established patient visits (99201 through 99215 and 99211 through 99215 respectively) were introduced by AMA in 1992, the codes have undergone minimal changes in the code description over the years until today.
Over 90% of surgeries use anesthesia, as part of the procedure to help the patient manage pain as well for the surgeon to manage the procedure in controlled circumstances. However, reimbursement for the anesthesia procedure often descends into a numbness vortex, as a result of disputes and delays due to improper Anesthesia coding.
In a world of fleeting fancies, the pursuit of medical coding automation seems akin to the search for the elixir of life; healing all infirmities and maladies – past, present, and future. Medical coding automation is an extremely strenuous, systematic and time-consuming process. If not executed intelligently, most initiatives lead to disappointing ends. But what accounts for these failures?