Anes/Pain Tools

Anesthesia & Pain Management Tools

This page has been reviewed. All links are working properly as of 12/29/2018

Be sure to also check Anesthesia Guidelines as some of this information may overlap.

Anesthesia Conversion Factors, Base Units and more from CMS

2009 CVP "Cheat Sheet" for Anesthesia - Do you need central venous access codes for anesthesia? This version will tell you permacath, bard catheter, port-a-cath, etc. and associated radiology guidance CPT codes in a handy cheat sheet; created by Leslie Johnson, CPC.

2013 Nerves Chart - This is a "cheat sheet" that I created for nerve blocks with associated CPT coded. For use as a GUIDE only. iPACK, TAP blocks, Sphenoganglion blocks with Q-Tips and other blocks are discussed. Updated for 2013! Globals and bilateral indicators are included.

Post-op Pain Chart - based on the new NCCI guidelines effective Jan 1, 2013 (current, 2018)

ASA's Standards, Guidelines, Statements and Other Documents - all of them.

CMS Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Pub. 100-04), Chapter 12: This tells the Anesthesia concurrency modifiers (AA, QY, QK, QZ, etc.), discusses Teaching Anesthesiologists or CRNA, and more.

  • Definitions of personally performed, medically directed, and medically supervised: section 50
  • Definition of concurrent procedures: section 50J Anesthesia modifiers: section 50K
  • Base units for anesthesia services: following section 50K: Exhibit 1
  • Anesthesia and Teaching Facilities : section 100.1.2.A.4 CRNA Services: section 140

Epidurogram Checklist - from Leslie Johnson, CPC, this is an epidurogram documentation checklist set to AMA CPT Assistant standards. If it's in there, it's not just a fluoroscopic procedure. *Note* Info is still applicable in 2013

ICD-10 CM for the years from 2010 through 2019. When the zip file is downloaded, all the chapters of the ICD-10 CM will be included. The Official Guidelines for each of these years can be found here, as well.

Pain Reference Chart (Muscles) Excellent visual reference to the different locations of trigger points. You can also download a chart from Pressure Pointer.

Statement on Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) from ASA. This contains the how, when and CPT codes for TEE, last updated 2015 but is still current.

RSS AAPC Anesthesia Coding Forum

  • 3rd time is a charm. August 18, 2019
    Good morning well yesterday i have taken my CPC exam for the third time. I felt very positive going into exam. Studying and did tutoring video on youtube. This time was a little different because it was a year from last exam i scored a 65 and first exam i scored a 69. Ouch so […]
  • AAPC Transcripts? August 17, 2019
    I'm filling out job applications and they asked for my transcripts. Where do I find that on My AAPC? Thanks in advance.
  • Hcpcs August 17, 2019
    Hello everyone, am a little confused about HCPCS code G9968 “patient was referred to another provider during the performance period”. Can I bill this code for when the PCP refers patient to see for example a cardiologist? Can someone guide me thru the correct way to bill this code? I want to let the insurance […]
  • HCC Risk Adjustment Model August 17, 2019
    Hi wanted to know can someone tell me where I can find information on how to read CMS-HCC model chart? I don’t understand it when you drop a number and use a number. I hope that make since
  • HCC/Risk Adjustment Coding August 17, 2019
    Can anyone recommend a great starter HCC information? I would like to read more about this concept to see if this is something I want to pursue but have not found any sites which is informative only promotional/sales. Thanks for any help
  • Questionnaire August 17, 2019
    Are we able to bill for a questionnaire (96127) if we do not see the patient (they fill out a sports form which requires a physician to review it and sign off)? If so, are we required to review it with the patient and would that need to be face-to-face or could we do that […]