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Part B Insider (Multispecialty) Coding Alert


Know How to Report Repeat Lab Test

Question: A physician ordered an electrolyte panel for a 72 year-old female patient experiencing post-surgical headache, nausea, and weakness. Finding hyponatremia, the physician began hypertonic saline infusions and ordered a blood sodium test three more times that same day. Can we report the subsequent sodium tests even though sodium is part of the panel? Answer:  Yes, you can report both [...]