AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2013 Issue 2; ASK the EDITOR

Rapid desensitization

Our facility is performing carboplatin or cistplatin desensitization for patients who have reacted to either drug according to the attached protocol. The desensitization procedure is a combination of normal saline in a bag with either chemotherapy drug: carboplatin or cisplatin. This procedure allows the nurse to control the infusion and administer additional medications if necessary. Would this desensitization service be reported with the chemotherapy codes 96413 and 96415 or the rapid desensitization code 95180, or both chemotherapy codes and the rapid desensitization code? ...

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