Laboratory Question for the Week of January 14, 2019

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


What codes can be assigned to identify infectious agents?


Infectious agents may be identified by the following techniques:

  • Antigen detection (e.g., CPT codes 87301–87450)
  • Immunofluorescence microscopy (e.g., CPT codes 87260–87299)
  • Nucleic acid probe (e.g., CPT codes 87471–87501, 87510–87592, 87640–87799).

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