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Q&A: Deducting push time from infusions

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 10, 2012

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Q. If a nurse administers an IV push without a stop time at the same time hydration is running, how many minutes should we deduct from the hydration time?

A. Nothing in the CPT® guidelines or from CMS requires start and stop times for pushes. Pushes are typically short duration and last for only a few seconds. You don't need to deduct push time from hydration or from an infusion because there's no requirement for start and stop times for pushes.

However, a Q&A in CPT Assistant alluded to the fact that providers would deduct some time for the push from either the hydration or the infusion. This means providers should make a decision regarding whether they're going to follow this notion that pushes need a start and stop time and then deduct accordingly.
The best solution is to continue to pose the question to CPT Assistant.

This question was answered in the April issue of Briefings on APCs.


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