AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 11 (November)

Anthrax Screening (November 2001)

November 2001 page 10 Coding Consultation Anthrax Screening (Q&A) Question Which CPT codes should be reported for identification of anthrax by nasal swab or other culture? AMA Comment When the nasal culture does not involve a request to identify a specific organism, then the laboratory (in the absence of a history) will perform a culture, then isolate and presumptively identify each organism present. In this instance, this service is described by CPT code 87070, Culture, bacterial; any other source except urine, blood or stool, with isolation and presumptive identification of isolates depending on the type of testing performed...

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