AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 1 (January)

Pathology and Laboratory Microbiology (January 2000)

January 2000 page 11b Coding Consultation Microbiology, Pathology and Laboratory, 87449, 87430 (Q&A) Question Can code 87449 be reported for the confirmation test in addition to code 87340 hepatitis B surface antigen if the test is positive on a patient who has not previously been reported as positive? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, if the hepatitis B surface antigen test (87340) is positive for a patient who has not previously been reported as positive, and a confirmation test by neutralization is done, code 87449 may or may not be reported for the confirmation test. If the...

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