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    Default One patient encounter or Two?

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    If a physician writes an order for a stool culture and the patient takes home to collect specimen then brings back to the office 4 days latter, is this coded on the same encounter or should a separate encounter be coded for the lab only?

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    Default Stool culture

    Are you performing the laboratory service in your office for the test?

    See the attached article

    A fecal-occult blood test may be billed independent of an office visit. For example, a patient presents for an office visit and is given a sample collection card to take home on June 1; that same day, a claim for the office visit is filed. On June 4, the completed card is returned and the test is done. It would be appropriate to submit a separate claim on June 4 for just the fecal-occult blood test.
    Last edited by heatherwinters; 06-17-2009 at 11:44 AM.
    Heather Winters, CPC, CFPC

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    Yes we are.

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