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Digital Nerve Block
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A patient came into the emergency room with a laceration of the thumb. The doctor performed a wound exploration as well as suturing the laceration. He performed a digital block for anesthesia and we have charged 64450. Is this correct? Our billing service is kicking it out.
Nerve blocks that are performed to provide anesthesia for a separately codable service are not separately billable or codable. It is only when the physician specifically indicates that the nerve block is performed for post operative pain control that it be billed with another procedure. Of course when the patient comes in for a nerve block for pain control it is acceptable to code it.
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