CMS creates diagnosis code for extravasation therapy

March 20, 2008

Anthracycline extravasation gains new ICD-9-CM code

CMS creates diagnosis code for extravasation therapy Going forward, hospital pharmacists will find it easier to get reimbursement for vesicant chemotherapy extravasation. The reason? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has set up ICD-9-CM codes for this condition, which occurs when vesicant chemotherapy agents leak from a vein or are inadvertently administered into the patient's tissue. The codes go into effect on Oct. 1. At present, TopoTarget A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark, makes the only approved treatment for anthracycline extravasation, called