If provider gives patient tubes for specimen collection for fecal occult blood they either: a) obtain specimen and return to office or b) don't bother with specimen collection. My question is: do I bill 82274 based on giving the patient tubes (provider has incurred expense and expense has walked out the door with patient) or do I bill based on specimen returning and results obtained? Problem is non-compliant patients. Provider pays for tubes, patient takes them home, throws in trash. This is rare, but it does happen. I think I know the answer, but I am in the middle of an argument that makes some valid points. Just want a fellow AAPC member to help me settle the score.
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