AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2006 Issue 3; FOR your INFORMATION

Appropriate reporting of drug units

A reminder to hospitals and providers was published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure accurate reporting of the units of drugs administered to a patient. It is important that hospitals and providers are aware that units should be reported in multiples of the units included in the full HCPCS code descriptor. They should not bill the units based on the way the drug is packaged, stored or stocked. Care should be taken in determining which HCPCS descriptor is referenced when reporting units for drugs administered. The HCPCS short descriptors are limited to 28 characters...

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