Are there specific diagnoses that must be documented in order to bill for hydration? I always understood that Deydration 276.51 or Hypovolemia 276.52 needed to be documented, or one could not bill a Hydration code (96360-96361). In some more recent research, I really did not find a definitive answer to the question. I have found no specific guideline that states those two codes are absolutely necessary, but rather that the documentation must indicate that the hydration service is medically reasonable and necessary This seems to leave a lot to interpretation for the providers.
I am to give a presentation on Hydration coding to our Urgent Care department soon and would like to be able to give them a definite guideline to follow.
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