Analyzing Venipuncture Coding for Increased Accuracy

Like many interventional radiology services and procedures, venipuncture may present a few challenges for some coders. When it comes to this service, there are several key points that CPT® coders must know in order to successfully code for these services. Here we provide insight that will help boost coding accuracy by examining the codes behind the service.

Knowing the Venipuncture Codes

The first codes to know involve the collection of blood. They are as follows:

  • 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture
  • 36416 Collection of capillary blood specimen (e.g., finger, heel, ear stick)

Normally,