Laboratory Question for the Week of June 18, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


If a test kit contains a card with five different spots each testing for a different species of an infectious agent, how many units of service (UOS) can be reported for Medicare claims?


Only one UOS for that test procedure may be reported. However, if a physician tests for three different species of that infectious agent by using three different test kits each containing a card testing for one species, the physician may report three UOS of the appropriate CPT® code.

CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.


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