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Anne Marie Frey
antimicrobial lock charges

Hi, I was wondering if any of the vascular access teams are charging for anitmicrobial locks?

We are currently calculating and administering these locks at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia but are transitioning the administration over to staff RNs.

I you are charging for lock calculation or administration, aside from pharmacy, what CPT code are you using?

Thanks for any info in advance,

Anne Marie

Hi Ann Marie, looks like no

Hi Ann Marie, looks like no one is charging for these alternative locks or maybe no one is using them. Capitated fees like DRGs and prearranged insurance contracts don't pay by individual patient charges for inpatients in the adult world. Everything must come out of the capitated fee. Most insurance companies follow Medicare's DRG payments. I doubt anyone has found a method to bill 3rd party payers for this. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

Thanks Lynn! 

Thanks Lynn! 

Anne Marie

Anne Marie Frey, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC


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