Supplementary ICD-9 'V-Code' Available October 1 to Identify 'Drip and Ship' Patients

March 25, 2011

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A new ICD-9 "V-code" has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to identify patients who are given tPA (rt-PA) at a differing institution within 24 hours of an admission for ischemic stroke. There is an immediate need to identify the patients who have tPA initiated in one hospital's emergency room and are then transferred for advanced care at a stroke center—a procedure commonly called "drip and ship."

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