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Focus EBV Lab Test Coding

Question: Our lab processed a serum specimen for a requested infectious mononucleosis rapid test, with negative results. The clinician then ordered a serum EBV antibody profile. How should we code the services? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: The infectious mononucleosis rapid test is actually a serum heterophile antibody test, typically using rapid slide agglutination. The correct code for the test is 86308 (Heterophile antibodies; [...]