CPT®: Essentials of Anesthesiology Coding and Billing

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CPT®: Essentials of Anesthesiology Coding and Billing

Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, SME, AAPC Fellow


Coding of anesthesiology services is complex and requires mastery of both CPT and the ASA coding systems in order to ensure accurate, complete, and defensible code selection. CPT®: Essentials for Anesthesiology Coding and Billing offers a unique training perspective by bridging the gap between coding and billing for commonly occurring anesthesia services.

CEUs:  1.5    1.5 AHIMA    1.5 AAPC
Included in eLearning Library. Price per person. Group rates available.


Coding of anesthesiology services is complex and requires mastery of both CPT and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) coding systems in order to ensure accurate, complete, and defensible code selection. CPT®: Essentials for Anesthesiology Coding and Billing offers a unique training perspective by bridging the gap between coding and billing for commonly occurring anesthesia services.

Master the basics! The course starts with the essential information coders of anesthesia services must be familiar with:

  • Common terms and abbreviations found in documentation
  • Different types of anesthesia and techniques used
  • Providers involved in anesthesia services
  • The surgical process including positioning
  • The importance of time in reporting of services
  • The important elements that could impact your coding selection
  • What to do when you feel something is missing from documentation
  • Where the coding goes on a claim form and the importance of getting in right

Real world coding examples! Organized first by body part with additional content for radiology, burns, and obstetrics and labor procedures, CPT: Essentials for Anesthesiology Coding and Billing provides detailed information on the four steps necessary to accurately code and bill for anesthesia services.

  • Arrive at the proper CPT surgical code
  • Crosswalk to the anesthesia code
  • Apply appropriate modifiers
  • Determine the total units for the service provided

Apply what you learn! Five carefully selected case scenarios provide hands-on, step-by-step practice in coding of anesthesia services.

Assessments!  The course includes multiple ‘Check Your Knowledge’ quizzes throughout and a 15-question multiple choice assessment to ensure mastery of the material. A detailed case scenario is included in the assessment asking for each element needed on a claim to bill the anesthesia services.

CPT: Essentials of Anesthesiology Coding and Billing

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Anesthesia Services
  • Key Terms
  • Anesthesia Providers

Lesson 2: Overview of Anesthesia Coding

  • Elements need to code anesthesia
    • Surgical CPT codes
    • Anesthesia CPT Codes
    • Provider HCPCS modifiers
    • Physical Status modifiers
    • Informational modifiers
    • ICD-10-CM
  • Base Units
  • Anesthesia Time
  • Documentation

Lesson 3: Overview of CPT Anesthesia Codes

  • Head, face, cranial
  • Neck, thorax, intrathoracic, and heart
  • Spinal and spinal cord
  • Abdomen
  • Peritoneal
  • Perineum
  • Urinary
  • Lower body
  • Leg, upper extremity, forearm, wrist, and hand
  • Radiological procedures
  • Burn excision and/or debridement
  • Obstetrics and labor
  • Other procedures

ASA Crosswalk examples by body system and other specialties

  • Integumentary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Urinary
  • Male and Female
  • Maternity
  • Nervous
  • Eye, auditory, radiology, and medicine
  • Multiple surgical procedures
  • Anesthetic and surgical techniques to consider
  • 5 multiple choice scenarios

The level of effort to complete this course, start to finish, is equivalent to 1.5 CEUs and should take you approximately 1.5-4.5 hours to complete. Remember: You have access to the course materials for the full 16-week enrollment period and we encourage you to re-review any materials that are helpful to you.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course work, student will be able to download a Libman Education Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion will list the course as awarding 1.5 CEU.

This program has been approved for continuing education unit(s) (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

  • WebinarPlus™ multimedia and interactive online course promotes engagement with challenging materials while offering independent self-study.
  • Teaching methods including audio and video files, diagrams, and animations to accommodate different learning styles. Where appropriate, the Merck Manual Professional Version supplements course materials with in-depth descriptions of diagnoses and/or procedures.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
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  • Earn Libman Education Certificate of Completion and CEUs.
  • To receive CEU credit, students must achieve a passing rate on the course assessment(s).
  • Course is self-paced. For planning purposes, assume 1-3 hours required for each CEU.
  • Unlimited course access during enrollment period. For courses offering greater than one CEU, enrollment period is 16 weeks. For courses offering one or fewer CEUs, enrollment period is 4 weeks. Courses purchased as a bundle or package may have a longer enrollment period.
  • Extensions to the enrollment period are available. Contact Libman Education for pricing.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

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