Drug delivery implants are designed to provide active pharmaceuticals to a targeted area in into the patient’s body for a certain length of time site. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, COBGC, CHDA, provides what coders need to understand to correctly report drug delivery implant codes and what the physician must document.
In many instances, payers may consider a drug to be self-administered in some circumstances but not in others. As a result, coders must pay special attention to how these drugs are used within their setting. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, and Valerie Rinkle, MPA, offer some tips and suggestions for reporting self-administered drugs and determining when the drug is integral to the service.
QUESTION: We have a question in regards to hydration that we are trying to figure out. Does the physician specifically have to state in his or her documentation that the IV is for hydration purposes or can a coder figure it out through critical thinking and using the process of hierarchal injection/infusion coding when reading the record? For example, X IV fluids are being used for an antibiotic and after the antibiotic, the IV fluids continue at 125/hr for hydration. Does the physician need to document "for hydration"? Our physicians do not want to write that. Do you have any good advice on this?