In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
Venipuncture coding is easy, but there are three rules to follow: 1. Select the right code. Venipuncture coding is described using CPT® 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. 2. Don’t append modifier 63. Modifier 63 describes a procedure performed on infant less than 4 kg. CPT® instructs us that that use of modifier 63 with 36415 ...
36415 is a laboratory service and should be billed as such. Physicians often provide routine venipuncture to patients when ordering a laboratory test to save the patient a trip to the laboratory. This service is reported with CPT® 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Although reimbursement is only $3, the Centers for Medicare & ...
In Coding
Oct 15th, 2014
Question: Is 36000 appropriate to report venous blood draw by butterfly catheter to obtain a lab specimen? Answer: According to the AMA’s CPT® Assistant (December 2008; volume 18: issue 12), the correct code in this case is not 36000, but 36415: Code 36415, Collection of venous blood by venipuncture, should be reported because it describes ...
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John Q: Can you explain the difference among venipuncture codes 36000 and 36400-36415? A: For routine collection of blood samples by venipuncture, use 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Codes 36400-36410 differ from 36415 in that they describe venipuncture that requires a physician’s (or other qualified provider’s) skill to ...
Jul 28th, 2014
If you are wondering why your practice is receiving an unexpected number of denials for certain codes, you may want to check out a recent study published in Physicians Practice which ranks the top five unexpected denials in various specialties. Data was collected by RemitDATA from May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014 via electronic ...