AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 5 (May)

Rapid Influenza Virus A and B Testing (Code 87804) (May 2009)

May 2009 page 6 Coding Brief:Rapid Influenza Virus A and B Testing (Code 87804) There has been technological advancement in influenza rapid testing that distinguishes between influenza virus types A and B. The ability to differentiate influenza strains through rapid testing methods offers the physician diagnostic information to not only supplement clinical findings but also to begin the appropriate treatment regimen during the patient's visit. Types of Rapid Testing There are various rapid testing methods for influenza virus types A and B. Therefore, this article provides an overview for reporting the different rapid testing methods for influenza virus types...

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