General Question for the Week of December 26, 2022


Can we report medically necessary hydration in addition to blood transfusion?


It is appropriate to report medically necessary hydration in addition to blood transfusion. The key is to make sure that the physician’s order demonstrates medical necessity for both the blood administration and a primary service of hydration therapy. An example is when a patient receives a transfusion and later in the day requires IV hydration. The initial and additional hour codes may be reported with an applicable modifier.


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