AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 10 (October)

Pathology and Laboratory, 83718-83721 and 83715-83716, (Q&A) (October 1999)

October 1999 page 11 Coding Consultation Pathology and Laboratory, 83718-83721, 83715-83716 (Q&A) Question Can codes 83718-83721 be reported with codes 83715-83716? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, although codes 83718-83721 are generally not performed together with 83715-83716, there are circumstances under which this may be the case. One might perform direct measurement of a lipoprotein in addition to an electrophoresis determination to get all fractions. In this instance modifier -59 (Distinct procedural service) would be necessary to indicate that the procedures were distinct and independent from each other. Pathology and Laboratory, 83718-83721, 83715-83716 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant...

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