AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 11 (November)

Pathology and Laboratory: Microbiology (Q&A) (November 2011)

November 2011 page 10c Pathology and Laboratory: Microbiology Question:How would the following be reported: When performing a urine culture, two bacteria are identified.A presumptive identification is performed on one while aerobic definitive identification is performed on the other. Would codes 87086, 87088, and 87077 be reported for the testing performed? Answer: Yes. Codes 87086, Culture, bacterial; quantitative colony count, urine, is reported to represent identification of a bacterial culture for urine that includes a quantitative colony count. Code 87088, Culture, bacterial; with isolation and presumptive identification of each isolate, urine, represents testing of each distinct isolate for the...

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