HGB Fingerstick

Hemoglobin Fingerstick

We can not code for the lab tests, so we code for the procedure code of the fingerstick, 36416.

In our office we bill 85018 for the hemoglobin and 36416 for the fingerstick. Most of my third party payors pay for both codes with the exception of Aetna. They deny the fingerstick as incidental to the hemoglobin.

We are constantly getting denials for fingersticks, stating that they are bundeled into the procedure. Is ther a modifier to use or should they be charged at all?:)