Pharmacy Question for the Week of December 24, 2018

Pharmacy Compliance Question of the Week


We are having trouble determining how to report HCPCS Level II code J0171 (injection, adrenalin, epinephrine, 0.1 mg). Can you provide guidance?


According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a 1 ml ampule of adrenalin/epinephrine contains 1.0 mg of adrenalin/epinephrine in a 1:1,000 solution. However, a 10 ml prefilled syringe with a 1:10,000 solution of adrenalin/epinephrine also contains only 1.0 mg of adrenalin/epinephrine. Thus a physician must recognize that 10 units of service for HCPCS code J0171 correspond to a 1 ml ampule or 10 ml of a prefilled syringe (1:10,000 (0.1 mg/ml) solution).

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