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6.3.15.1 Chemotherapy Procedure Codes

Procedure code 51720 should be used for intravesical instillation of anti carcinogenic agents into the bladder including retention time.

Physicians must use the appropriate E/M procedure code for chemotherapy planning.

The chemotherapy administration procedure codes 96440, 96445, and 96450 include payment for the surgical procedure; separate reimbursement for the surgical codes will not be allowed. These procedure codes may be paid in addition to E/M procedure codes billed on the same day, regardless of the place of service billed.

Chemotherapeutic drugs and other injections given in the course of chemotherapy may be billed separately and reimbursed using the appropriate procedure codes.

For the first 15 minutes, up to the first hour of chemotherapy infusion, procedure code 96409 or 96413 must be used for a single or initial chemotherapeutic medication. Procedure code 96411 must be used for each additional chemotherapeutic medication given and must be billed with procedure code 96409 or 96413.

Procedure code 96415 must be used for each additional hour beyond the initial hour and must be used in conjunction with procedure code 96413.

Procedure code 96417 must be used for one additional hour per subsequent infusion and must be used in conjunction with procedure code 96413. Procedure code 96415 may be used for each additional hour.

Procedure code 96425 must be used when initiating an infusion that will take more than eight hours and requires using an implanted pump or a portable pump.

Procedure code 96422 must be used for the first hour of intra-arterial push administration. Procedure code 96423 must be used for each additional hour in conjunction with procedure code 96422.

Chemotherapy administration by push technique (procedure codes 96409 and 96420) and by infusion technique (procedure codes 96413 and 96422) are reimbursed when billed for the same date of service.

Only one intravenous push administration (procedure code 96409) and only one intra-arterial push administration (procedure code 96420) will be allowed per day, regardless of whether separate drugs are given.

Physicians providing a chemotherapy administration service as an inpatient service on the same day as E/M services, except for procedure code 99211, must bill using modifier 25. A different diagnosis is not required.

For a significant, separately identifiable E/M service performed, the appropriate E/M procedure code should be submitted using modifier 25 in addition to the chemotherapy procedure code. For an E/M service provided on the same day, a different diagnosis is not required. The provider must submit documentation for medical necessity upon appeal with modifier 25.

Modifier 25 may be used to describe circumstances in which an office visit was provided at the same time as other separately identifiable services. This modifier may be appended to the E/M procedure code when the services are rendered. Both services must be documented as distinct and the documentation must be maintained in the client's medical record and made available upon request to Texas Medicaid.

Prolonged infusion of chemotherapeutic agents is reimbursed using procedure codes 95991, 96413, 96415, 96416, 96417, 96422, 96423, and 96425.

Inpatient and outpatient hospitals must use revenue code 636 for the reimbursement of the technical component. The appropriate chemotherapy procedure code must be listed on the claim.


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