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MRSA

Jessica Posted Mon 19th of May, 2014 12:12:06 PM

What is the correct CPT code for MRSA nasal surveilance

SuperCoder Answered Mon 19th of May, 2014 19:13:24 PM

If your otolaryngologist carefully documented the medical decision-making that led him to perform the surveilance, it could bump the E/M to the next level.

In addition, physicians may recoup the cost of obtaining, handling and conveying a specimen to a laboratory with 99000 (Handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory). You may use the code to collect money for additional physician-incurred transportation costs, such as expedited service. In addition, 99000 reflects the costs of preparing the specimen.

Medicare considers 99000 a bundled service and makes no separate payment for it. Some commercial payers may cover the service.

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