AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 6 (June)

Medicine, Phlebotomy, 36400-36425 (Q&A) (June 1996)

June 1996 page 10a Coding Consultation Medicine, Phlebotomy, 36400-36425 (Q&A) Question Is 99195 the correct code for a phlebotomy for obtaining blood specimens for lab studies? AMA Comment No, codes 36400-36425 are the codes for venipunctures (phlebotomy) for obtaining blood specimens. The most frequently used code is 36415, Routine venipuncture for finger/heel/ear stick for collection of specimen(s). Code 99195 represents a therapeutic phlebotomy, often used in the treatment of Polycythemia Vera to reduce the hematocrit and red blood cell mass. Therapeutic phlebotomies are used in the treatment of other diseases as well. Medicine, Phlebotomy, 36400-36425 (Q&A). CPT®...

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