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    Hello ~

    I have my lab requesting that I add "ferning" as a separate option in our EMR lab template and to link it to 87210. I am told:

    Both tests have the same CPT code but they are different tests.

    The Wet smear (Wet Prep) is looking, mainly, for Trichomonas, Yeast, & Clue Cells.

    The Ferning is to verify vaginal fluid is or is not amniotic fluid

    Can someone tell me if 87210 is accurate for ferning or if there is a more appropriate CPT?

    Thank you.

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    The fern test should never be coded 87210 because that code does not represent how the test is performed. (Fern testing is simply applying vaginal fl uid to a slide, which is left to dry, and observing whether a ferning develops when the residue is viewed under a microscope.) The test is performed by the provider, not the laboratory; as such, Q0114 is the correct code.
    B.Pharma, CPC-H

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