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    Apr 2007
    Orange, California

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    I am debating on what code to use for two diffrent things.

    1. A dipstick urinalysis for ketones. Should I use 81000 or 81002 and what is the diffrence?

    2. Fecal occult blood, three determinations by guaiac. Should I use 82270 or 82272. And what is the diffrence beetween the two?

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    If the physician viewed the urine under a microscope it would be 81000 if it was just a dipstick it would be 81002.

    Medicare rarely pays for a 81002 because it is no longer a CLIA waived test. Most UAs need to have a microscope so they will be paid.

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