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    How would you code for taking a nasal swab to send to an outside lab for testing for RSV?:confused

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    Default RSV swab

    I don't think you can code for a nasal swab; it's just like a throat culture. You could try to code for specimen handling, 99000, but morelikely the insurance will deny that one or pay a bare minimum.
    The CPT manual states:
    99000 Handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory.

    Hope this helps,
    Barbara Andrade, CPC
    The Oracle

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