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Do not separately report defibrillation

APCs Insider, May 27, 2005

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Do not separately report defibrillation

QUESTION: A patient was admitted to our emergency department in asystole. While performing CPR, our staff defibrillated him.

CPT code 92960 reads as elective/nonemergency. We do not believe we should assign CPT code 92960 to this type of scenario. Does the description of CPT code 92950 include this manner of defibrillation/cardioversion for CPR, or should we report 92960 instead?

ANSWER: Report code 92950, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (e.g., in cardiac arrest) for the service provided. There is no CPT code to report defibrillation as a procedure performed by itself. Defibrillation is a component of CPR.

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