Ob-Gyn Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:

Reporting Routine UAs

Question: Does 99396 include 88150 and 81000, or can I separate these services?

Kentucky Subscriber

Answer: First, you would not be billing 88150 (Cytopathology, slides, cervical or vaginal; manual screening under physician supervision) because you are not a laboratory billing for the pathology service; so cross that off your list.

You say that you’re reporting 99396 (Periodic comprehensive preventive medicine reevaluation and management of an individual including an age and gender appropriate history... established patient; 40-64 years). The collection of the Pap specimen is included as part of the preventive service by most payers (except Medicare, which will allow you to bill Q0091 [Screening Papanicolaou smear; obtaining, preparing and conveyance of cervical or vaginal smear to laboratory] in the covered year, and some private payers).

Code 81000 (Urinalysis, by dip stick or tablet reagent for bilirubin, glucose, hemoglobin, ketones, leukocytes, nitrite, pH, protein, specific gravity, urobilinogen, any number of these constituents; non-automated, with microscopy) is the urinalysis (UA). Payers may deny this if your ob-gyn does this just for routine screening on all patients. CPT® rules allow you to code this separately.

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