AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 3 (March)

Pathology and Laboratory (Q&A) (March 2012)

March 2012 page 10d Pathology and Laboratory Question: A laboratory offers a test that includes multiple different analytes for which analyte-specific codes exist. The laboratory, however, provides a single result that is derived by aggregate analysis of the individual results. There is no current CPT code for the aggregate analysis. Should the laboratory report the individual codes that comprise the tests that went into the aggregate analysis? Answer: No. The laboratory must only report tests that are specifically ordered and reported. In the situation described above, because only an aggregate result is reported and because there is no valid...

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