AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 8 (August)

Coding Clarification (August 1997)

August 1997 page 8 Coding Communication Coding Clarification codingclarification In the April 1997 issue (CPT Assistant. April 1997:4;9), the reference to codes 80150-80299, the "eg" of the second criterion is an example and not meant to limit the use of the consultation codes to instances only when therapeutic drug levels are involved. Pharmakokinetic consultations are reported using code 80500-80502, and do not necessarily involve therapeutic drug level testing. Again, this is only one example. When a clinical pathology consultation is performed (80500-80502) concerning clinical laboratory test results, it does not include the pathologist's consultative services involving examination and...

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