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Nasopharyngeal Swab

Pat Posted Tue 03rd of April, 2012 12:20:20 PM

Is there any code the physician can bill for collecting the Nasopharyngeal Swab besides an office visit?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 03rd of April, 2012 12:53:36 PM

I did not get specific CPT for collection of Nasopharyngeal swab. Of course there are several CPTs in radiology section where pathologist uses Naso swab as a specimen for infectious agent antigen detection such as 87804, 87899 etc.

Pat Posted Tue 03rd of April, 2012 12:58:58 PM

Right I was looking at 87798, but that wouldn't be for the physician to bill, correct? Woudn't that be what the lab would bill? Is there a separate collection code for the physician? thanks!

SuperCoder Answered Tue 03rd of April, 2012 13:08:29 PM

That's what I am saying. There are lots of CPTs in the radiology section where some of test has been performed by using specimen Naso swab and you can't use those codes. Here thing is collection of naso swab by physician and there is no specific CPT for that. A code is in the Medicine section (99000), but it says this code is adjunct to basic services rendered. The physician reports this for the handling and/or conveyance of a specimen from the physician's office to a laboratory, not collection of specimen.

Pat Posted Tue 03rd of April, 2012 14:40:14 PM

Ok, thanks for your help.

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