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Can i code for NS wide open?

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    Default Can i code for NS wide open?
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    I was told by an auditor that I can't code for NS given wide open. I don't see why I can't, it's not to keep the vein open and it's the only service done; and, it has a start and stop time (1hr). What are your thoughts?

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    Columbia, MO
    I think your auditor may have the term wide open confused with keep open. You might query the auditor to see if there needs some clarification. Did you have a dehydration dx?

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    You can charge for 1 hour of hydration (96360) as well as the NS. You can also charge for an office visit on the same day with a modifier 25 if applicable.

    Amanda Boutte, CHONC
    Last edited by akboutte; 06-25-2010 at 09:42 AM.

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