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Pitocin Question

  1. #1
    Des Plaines, IL
    Default Pitocin Question
    Medical Coding Books
    Our Billing company has been using 96365 (starting in 2009) and 90765 (in 2008) to report the initial administration and first hour of Pitocin during labor and 96366 (in 2009) and 90766 (in 2008) to report additional hours. Recently, we received a refund request from Blue Cross of California for what they paid to us over the past couple years. In their request, they stated that the codes are not intended to be billed by the physician in the facility setting. This caused us to do some extensive research and we found that in the 2008 code book, the description for 90765 & 90766 had changed from 2007 to 2008, stating that they could not be reported when perfomred by a physician in the facility setting. Also, we cannot find any other code to use to report this. Do you have any idea what we can possible use?

  2. #2
    Milwaukee WI
    Default Answered in another forum
    This question was posted in another forum and I answered it there.

    You cannot bill for these "services" in a facility setting because the facility staff (nursing) is actually performing this. About the only thing the physician is doing is writing the order.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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