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Tip: Correctly report concurrent infusions

APCs Insider, July 20, 2012

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Unlike subsequent infusions that run after an initial infusion, concurrent infusions run at the same time as another infusion. Codes for concurrent infusions are add-on codes that denote multiple infusions running simultaneously through the same line.

CPT® doesn't include a code for concurrent administration of chemotherapy. If a patient receives concurrent chemotherapy infusions, coders should report the unlisted chemotherapy administration code 96549.
 
Substances mixed together in one bag are considered one infusion-not concurrent. In addition, CPT doesn't include concurrent codes for hydration, and facilities don't receive separate payment for concurrent hydration.
 
Coders can assign the concurrent code when a patient receives chemotherapy and a therapeutic infusion simultaneously into the same line. They can also report it when the patient is receiving two different non-­chemotherapy drugs.
 
The tip is adapted from “Injections and infusions continue to confuse coders” in the June Briefings on APCs.



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