General Question for the Week of February 17, 2020

General Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Is 36000 separately reportable for therapeutic phlebotomy?

Answer:

Services integral to performing the therapeutic phlebotomy (such as codes 36000, 36410, or 96360–96376) are not separately reportable. Refer to the NCCI Policy Manual narrative, Chapter 11. When a primary line of fluids is initiated as a component of the phlebotomy procedure, this would not be billed as hydration therapy (96361).


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