While there will be no changes in how you report your anesthesia services; there are some changes to the pain codes in 2023.
Somatic Nerve Injection CPT codes 64415, 64416, 64417, 64445, 64446, 64447, and 64448 describe only injection of an anesthetic agent in the area of the peripheral nerve and/or catheter placement for postoperative pain management. Starting January 1, 2023, somatic nerve injection codes will be bundled with imaging services.
In recent years, these codes have been frequently reported with imaging (CPT code 76942 (Ultrasound image guidance)). Due to the frequent reporting of imaging, these codes were identified by the CPT Editorial Panel and the RVS Update Committee (RUC) to be revised and imaging was bundled into the procedure codes.
Table 1 lists the new code descriptions for Somatic Nerve Injection codes.
This change also affects the reimbursement rates of the Somatic Nerve Injection codes. After the...