AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 8 (August)

Pathology & Laboratory, 87163 (Q&A) (August 1997)

August 1997 page 19b Coding Consultation Pathology & Laboratory, 87163 (Q&A) If reporting code 87040 is intended to indicate that a specific organism group had been identified in a bacterial blood culture, then what is the intent of code87163 Culture, any source, additional identification methods required (use in addition to primary culture code)? AMA Comment CPT code 87163 is intended to be reported when additional identification methods are required. For example, if the blood culture was positive for Staphylococcus and additional identification methods were necessary to determine the specific species within the Staphylococcus group (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermis...

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