Respiratory Question for the Week of February 12, 2018


When we perform venipuncture, what code do we report?


For venipuncture—one of the three specimen types typically collected by respiratory therapy, you would report the following CPT® code to all payers including Medicare.

36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture

Medicare will reimburse for the venipuncture procedure once per encounter. Be sure to differentiate between venipuncture, capillary collection and draws from a line or access device. When collecting capillary specimens (36416), the related cost is considered by Medicare to be insignificant and should be bundled to the test procedure.

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