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    Default Wet prep and koh prep

    What codes do you use for saline wet prep and KOH prep for a woman with a vaginal discharge . Do you code it with 87210 x 2 or 87210 for wet prep and 87220 for KOH prep? Any advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Use 87210 and 87210-59 per ACOG


    Laboratory code 87210 Reporting Clarification

    Can laboratory code 87210 (Smear, primary source with interpretation; wet mount for infectious agents [eg, saline, India ink, KOH preps]) be reported twice if a wet mount and KOH are performed?

    CPT has provided coding guidance for this within the Microbiology subsection notes, which state "For multiple specimens/sites use modifier 59." Therefore, when a physician performs both a KOH and wet mount, he or she should report code 87210 twice with the modifier 59 (i.e., 87210, 87210 -59). The modifier 59 (Distinct Services) indicates that the second lab interpretation is distinct from the first and should be paid for separately. The KOH includes a whiff test which is why it is not appropriate to report code 87210 a third time if the whiff test is also performed.

    It is always important to read the section notes of CPT which provide guidance for how some codes should be reported.


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    Default 2013 is this still valid

    I see this post is from 2009 is this still current practice? Thanks

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    Default 2013 still correct

    I received an email from ACOG in September 2013 that states this coding is still current. They state that it is appropriate to bill 87210 and 87210-26 when Wet Prep and KOH are both performed. Hope that helps!

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