Hydration therapy is a topic that, when it comes to coding and billing, has an endless supply of challenges and questions – not to mention compliance risks. The culprit? Tricky coding guidelines combined with frequent issues related to documentation (or lack of supporting documentation) of medical necessity. Are your hydration charges fully supported?
In this webcast, leading expert Robin Zweifel will discuss hydration therapy from beginning to end, ensuring all staff are on the same page regarding guidelines for documentation while clarifying applicable rules for coding hydration therapy as a primary or secondary service. Case study review will apply rules and guidelines through clearly differentiated scenarios that support, and do not support, charging for hydration therapy.
PLUS – with recent updates to physician supervision rules as stated in the Interim Final Rule to address the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), this session will also include discussion of virtual supervision as well as scenarios for billing of telehealth E/M services as related to infusion therapy.
What's on the agenda:
- Clarification of industry guidelines for documentation, coding and billing of hydration therapy including:
- Proper usage of hydration therapy CPT® codes – with case examples illustrating when to charge for hydration and when not to charge for hydration
- Calculation of time increments for hydration
- Overview of the updated guidelines in the Interim Final Rule for physician supervision as they relate to infusion therapy services
- Risk factors associated with coding and billing of hydration and how to mitigate that risk
- Discussion of the coding hierarchy, decision tree logic and applicable rules for coding hydration therapy as primary or secondary service
- Key phrases, signs and symptoms to look for in documentation supporting medical necessity for hydration therapy
- Walk-through of IV hydration from the initiation of the IV to how the information is populated on the claim with explanation of how different circumstances impact the claim throughout the lifecycle (i.e., how the pharmacy charges for the fluid)
- Answers to attendee questions (time permitting)
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