AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 1

Blood products and blood acquisition and storage

BY GEORGE ARGES SENIOR DIRECTOR & CHAIRMAN, NUBC AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT GROUP There has been some confusion on the proper use of revenue codes for the reporting of acquisition and storage costs associated with blood products. The UB-92 data specification’s manual contains two distinct revenue code categories for handling Blood and Blood products. The first category requires the reporting of Revenue Code 38X — Blood and should be used to report the purchased cost of the blood or blood products. The situation calling for the 38X revenue code usage is whenever you need to report...

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