AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 3 (March)

Pathology and Laboratory: Immunology (March 2007)

March 2007 page 10b Coding Communication:Pathology and Laboratory: Immunology Question What is the appropriate CPT code for a rapid qualitative test for H. pylori antibodies (IgG) that is 510(k) cleared? The test is the immunochromographic method with urine sample. Steps include diluting/mixing specimen, transferring the sample to the device, and a reading by visual inspection after incubation for 20 minutes. AMA Comment It is appropriate to report code 86318, Immunoassay for infectious agent antibody, qualitative or semiquantitative, single step method (eg, reagent strip), for the test described. Pathology and Laboratory: Immunology (March 2007). CPT® Assistant. 2007; March 2007 page...

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