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    Smile Collection of Urine for send out

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    If a provider collects a urine sample for STD testing but they dont have the facilities to run the test so they send it out, what code, if any, would be used?

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    Apr 2007
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    well, there's the code for 'handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory', 99000. Because peeing in a cup doesn't (usually) require your staff's expertise, such as a venipuncture does, it's hard to justify that charge to the payer.

    In my twenty-some years of doing this, I've never seen it paid separately here in NH. It's bundled into your E&M.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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    Thank you very much, I thought thats what the answer would be, but wasnt positive and wanted to be sure before I said anything.

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