Laboratory Question for the Week of March 12, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


Are there any restrictions on the types of specimens that can be assigned CPT® codes for drug-analysis procedures?


Unless otherwise specified in the code descriptor the CPT may be applied to any specimen type including oral fluid, meconium, or hair. The drug analysis procedures are not limited to urine, plasma or serum.

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

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