Fluid Administration Is Part of Operative Procedures

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Fluid Administration Is Part of Operative Procedures

The CPT® codebook includes codes to report administration of fluids and drugs, but you should not report these administration services when they occur as part of an operative procedure. The National Correct Coding Initiative (chapter 1, “General Correct Coding Policies for National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services”) tells us, “The global surgical package includes the administration of fluids and drugs during the operative procedure. Under OPPS, the administration of fluids and drugs during or for an operative procedure are included services and are not separately reportable (e.g., CPT codes 96360-96376).”

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is a contributing editor at AAPC. He has been covering medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University.

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