AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 3 (March)

Cardiovascular Surgery, 36415 (Q&A) (March 1998)

March 1998 page 10b Coding Consultation Cardiovascular Surgery, 36415 (Q&A) Question Is the collection of a specimen via venipuncture considered an integral part of the laboratory procedure performed or is it appropriate to report CPT code 36415, Routine venipuncture or finger/heel/ear stick for collection of specimen(s), for the collection of the specimen(s) by venipuncture in addition to the appropriate code(s) from the 80000 series for the laboratory procedure performed? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, the laboratory CPT codes (80000 series of codes) are for reporting the performance of the lab test only and do not include...

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