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    Default J Code need help with route of admin

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    I have just been handed some urgent care coding that I have NEVER done before so bear with me...

    What do I do when the J code ( drug code) does not have the route of admin that is the same as the one administered?


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    Default J Code help

    Could you give more information. What was the J code (drug) and what was the patient being seen for? Also is there anything in the history or medication history that could help?

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    It is Reglan (metoclopramide) IM for abdominal pain. The only route listed in the HCPCS is IV.. so I am unsure what to do

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    The drug Reglan (metoclopramide) per the HCPCS book is administered other than oral method. Why would this code J2765 not include IM for administration. I do not see that the only route listed is IV. I show the routes as being other than oral.

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    In my 2009 HCPCS book it is clearly IV so I don't know.... Is there somewhere else I should be looking... Appendix C has it listed as IV
    Last edited by goldejoa; 10-26-2009 at 02:02 PM. Reason: add text

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    Evansville Indiana

    Default J2765

    My 2009 book and Encoder both show J2765 as injection, metoclopramide HCL up to 10 mg so this would be the appropriate code.

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    The book does state IV, however further reading in HCPCS Table of Drugs Appendix 1 states that IV adm includes all methods, such as gravity infusion, injections, and timed pushes. This includes IM.

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