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    Greeley, Colorado

    Red face What is CBR cord blood?

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    MD wrote on charge sheet "CBR cord blood was done" and I need to find a CPT code. I can't find a related definition for CBR in OB. Can someone help with the definition and possibly even a code?
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Columbia, MO


    CBR stands for cord blood registry. This is where you send the stem cells from the cord blood to be banked. This should help with finding a CPT code.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Apr 2007
    YORK, PA


    Blood taken from the cord for banking is out of pocket payment, not for insurance. However, here's what Viacord says about billing for cord blood collection:

    Submit the claim to your patient's insurance using CPT 59899. Use the ICD-9 code V59.02 (stem cell donor).
    Chris Allen, CPC, CEMC, COSC, CCS-P, PCS

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    Greeley, Colorado


    Thank you...so I need to figure a fee for this. His note states "<__________> cord blood was obtained using the proprietarey equipment, syringes, and an iodine prep of the cord itself". Would you liken that to 36400 (venipuncture, younger than afe 3 years, necessitating physician skill...)?
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    38205.......@ $350

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