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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