Need Discussion on RSV Test

jdavis01

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How would you code for taking a nasal swab to send to an outside lab for testing for RSV?:confused
 

MJ4ever

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RSV swab

Hi,

I don't think you can code for a nasal swab; it's just like a throat culture. You could try to code for specimen handling, 99000, but morelikely the insurance will deny that one or pay a bare minimum.
The CPT manual states:
99000 Handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory.

Hope this helps,
Barbara Andrade, CPC :)
 
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