Laboratory Question for the Week of June 25, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Are methodology specific CPT® codes from the chemistry section applicable to the coding of drugs of abuse testing?

Answer:

Methodology specific CPT codes from the Chemistry section are no longer applicable to the coding of drugs of abuse testing. Do not bill for handling charges associated with sending the specimen to a reference lab. Handling charges and urine collection are not separately billable line items.


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