AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Microbiology Streptococcus Group A Testing, 86588, 87880 (Q&A) (December 1998)

December 1998 page 8 Coding Consultation Microbiology Streptococcus Group A Testing, 86588, 87880 (Q&A) Question Which code should I report for "strep" testing performed in an office setting? AMA Comment We have received many inquiries requesting clarification of code 87880, Infectious agent detection by immunoassay with direct optical observation; Streptococcus Group A, and code 86588, Streptococcus, screen, direct. Code 87880 (direct observation) should be used for all immunologically-based commercial Streptococcus Group A testing kits whose interpretation rely on a visual reaction (observed by the naked eye). Other methodologies should be coded accordingly. Currently, Code 86588 should be reported...

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