Health Information Management

Tip: Report correct units for drugs

APCs Insider, March 5, 2010

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One challenge for coding drugs is ensuring that you code them according to their descriptions. Ensure that the units billed reflect the descriptions, which don’t necessarily reflect how manufacturers provide drugs to hospitals.
 
For example, a practitioner may commonly use 5 ccs of a drug, but the description might be “per milligram.” If a practitioner administers 5 ccs of a drug that is described and paid at a single milligram, be certain that you know to charge for five units.
 
This tip is adapted from “I/OCE edits result in more HCPCS codes, fewer APCs” in the March issue of Briefings on APCs.



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