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Central Line Administering Medications or Blood

Kelly Posted Tue 22nd of October, 2019 15:57:36 PM
What is the correct CPT code to report for medications administered through an existing central line? What is the correct CPT code to report for blood administered through an existing central line?
SuperCoder Answered Wed 23rd of October, 2019 04:37:18 AM

Hi Kelly,

As per the above limited documentation the correct CPT code to report for medications administered through an existing central line will be CPT  96374 and for blood administered through an existing central line will be CPT 36430.

NOTE:

It is pretty standard that when a patient has a blood transfusion we will give them IVPs of Lasix or Benadryl. It is acceptable to bill out the IVPs 96374 code for these drugs in addition to the 36430. It is given in between the units of blood. There is no CCI edits between these codes.

 

Feel free to ask for any further question.

Kelly Posted Wed 23rd of October, 2019 10:37:27 AM
Thank you! Just to clarify, for medications administered via central line, we should use the appropriate infusion CPT codes and there is no specific CPT code for medications administered through a central line, correct?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 24th of October, 2019 06:56:44 AM

Hi Kelly,

You are correct. There is no separate code for medications administered through a central line. There are codes for infusion and intravenous push.

Thank you.

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