Laboratory Question for the Week of February 26, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


Where can I find the MAAA codes?


For 2018, the codes for multianalyte assays with algorithmic analyses (MAAAs) are listed in two different locations within the CPT® manual. The Category I codes (81500–81512 and 81599) are published within the listing of the CPT codes.

The second category is identified as the administrative code list, which is found in Appendix O of the CPT manual. The administrative codes represent low-frequency analyses that at this time were not determined to justify the assignment of a Category 1 code. The inclusion of a procedure in Appendix O does not mean that the procedure has been reviewed for clinical utility. To qualify for a listing in Appendix O the procedure must be available for request in order to be utilized in patient care.

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

This question was answered in an edition of our Laboratory Compliance Manager. For more hot topics relating to laboratory services, please view our store, or call us at 1.800.252.1578 ext. 2.

Disclaimer: Every reasonable effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time it was published. However, due to the nature of industry changes over time we cannot guarantee its validity after the year it was published.