AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 4 (April)

Pathology and Laboratory Changes (April 2008)

April 2008 pages 5-7 Coding Communication:Pathology and Laboratory Changes Numerous changes were made to the Pathology and Laboratory section of CPT 2008. In this edition, 11 new codes were established, 11 existing codes were revised, and instructional parenthetical notes were added. Organ or Disease-Oriented Panels Several chemistry analyzers offer ionized calcium as part of their basic metabolic panel whereas traditional analyzers usually provide a result for total calcium. Code 80047 was added to report a basic metabolic panel that includes ionized calcium (code 82230). Code 80048 was revised with the addition of the phrase "calcium, total" in the code...

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