AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 4

Getting a line on intravenous therapy

Intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injections, infusions, or intravenous feedings require the skills of a licensed nurse or physician to be performed (or taught) safely and effectively. Medicare may cover these services, if they are considered reasonable and necessary, and the medication being administered is accepted as safe effective treatment of the patient’s illness or injury. The terms “injection” and “infusion” are sometimes used interchangeably when a patient is being treated intravenously. This becomes confusing for the coder when accurate reporting of services provided is so important. Intravenous injections are very similar to infusions in the sense...

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