Hydration is the replacement of essential fluids by means of IV infusion consisting of prepackaged fluids and electrolytes. The services for hydration can be coded by using CPT codes 96360 (for the initial 31 min. to 1 hour) and 96361 (for each additional hour). If they IV fluids are reported as administered for 30 min or less you would not use infusion codes.
In order to use CPT codes, hydration services must be medically necessary. Example of medically necessary:
Services not considered medical necessity are:
When choosing the appropriate CPT code selection consider:
For example, If there is Saline administered as well as IV Drug Infusion and they are running at the same time. You would subtract the time of the Drug Infusion (96365) from the Saline (96360-96361).
Saline Started at 4pm and Saline stopped at 7pm
Drug Infusion started 5pm and stopped at 6pm
The codes would be: 96361×2 & 96365