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    Question Need help with lab code, please

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    Does CPT code 86318 require a blood draw to use the code? There is some disagreement in my office about this. Thanks.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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    I looked this code up in encoderpro.com and here is what the description says

    This code is may be requested as single step qualitative or semi-quantitative immunoassay to identify the presence of a specific infectious agent antibodies. Specimen is serum. Method is immunoassay. Single step methods frequently use a reagent strip for the specific antibody.

    Since it says specimen serum then yes I would think to use a VP or a finger stick.

    Jessica Harrell, CPC

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    I was thinking the same thing, but one of the docs at one of my site disagrees with me about this. I appreciate your help. Thanks so much!
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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