AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2005 Issue 2; FOR your INFORMATION

Billing for venipuncture

Effective for services on or after January 1, 2005, HCPCS code G0001 has been deleted from the OPPS OCE and discontinued from HCPCS. Codes 36415, Collection of venous blood by venipuncture, and 36416, Collection of capillary blood specimen (eg, finger, heel, ear stick), should be used instead to report venipunctures for hospitals paid under the OPPS. The instructions for billing venipunctures remain the same. The venipuncture is billed only once per day, per encounter, for each type of specimen, regardless of the number of specimens drawn. When a series of specimens are required to complete a single test (e...

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