AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2012 Issue 1

Intravenous Push, Infusion Versus Hydration

The Central Office on HCPCS continues to receive inquiries regarding the appropriate coding of hydration services, specifically pre-packaged fluids and electrolytes. Many of the questions center on the administration of hydration where potassium or other substances are added to a bag of normal saline. In these instances we find that some coders are reporting this as hydration while others are reporting the administration as an injection or infusion of a therapeutic or prophylactic substance. Over the years we have had many discussions regarding the reporting of injections and infusions of substances/drugs administered for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic purposes. Now...

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