tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2008 Issue 3

Reader Questions: Ease Compound Drug Coding With J7620

Question: While working in our urgent care center, our nurse practitioner (NP) administered a nebulizer treatment recently, and I am unsure how to code for the supply. Notes indicate the drug was an inhalation solution made of albuterol and ipratropium bromide. Which J code represents this treatment? Arkansas Subscriber Answer: The albuterol/ipratropium bromide combination is also called DuoNeb Inhalation Solution. The most accurate J code for this treatment is J7620 (Albuterol, up to 2.5 mg, and ipratropium bromide, up to 0.5 mg, FDA-approved final product, noncompounded, administered through DME). Code J7620 describes one dose of the treatment...

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