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Old 08-13-2010, 02:44 PM
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What code would you use for respite care?

Our Rural Health Facility (a CAH) recently started inpatient hospice/palliative care and am unsure how to code respite care.

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The diagnosis code for palliative care is V66.7 (Encounter for palliative care) - but code first the underlying disease.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:45 AM
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Thanks. I got the palliative care coding, but would respite care be coded any differently?
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I believe that the code you're seeking is in the V60 code range. V60.5 states Holiday relief care, provision of health care facilities to a person normally cared for at home, to enable relatives to take a vacation. V60.4 states No other household member able to render care. If you look in the Tabular List, this code is further explained as to circumstances substantiated for use. These are secondary codes only and would need a primary dx code indicating what care was given/why care was given.

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Thanks so much for the input!
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:34 AM
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V60.5 seems to be more closer. But the criteria of 'terminal illness' be meet with for Respite Care, right?
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