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corneal culture

Alea Posted Fri 18th of May, 2012 01:32:24 AM

what is the cpt code for culturing & sending to lab corneal specimen. it came back + & ICD is periorbital cellulitis. & what is the ICD code for it. thanks

SuperCoder Answered Fri 18th of May, 2012 08:18:07 AM

CPT Coding:
You can report 99000 (Handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician’s office to a laboratory) “for the preparation/culture of a specimen for lab transport, even when there is no cost incurred with the labs charging for pick up and transport of the specimen for processing.
Payers may deny the procedure 99000 if performed on the same DOS with other major surgical or lab procedures.


Dx Coding:
Orbital and Periorbital cellulitis – Periorbital cellulitis is an inflammation and infection of the eyelid and the skin surrounding the eye.Orbital cellulitis affects the eye socket (orbit) as well as the skin closest to it.
For coding purpose they are separated as Orbital cellulitis 376.01, and Periorbital located as” cellulitis Eyelids 373.13. We have to assign the code as it is.

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