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  1. Question Chlamydia culture
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    We had a patient in our office who had a chlamydia culture taken. Could someone help me? Is there a procedure code for the taking of this type of culture or not?

    Also, if a patient who has had a hysterectomy comes in for just a pelvic exam with no specimen collected along with a breast exam what would the appropriate code be for this scenario? I know it would also be insurance specific. Could anyone help please?

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    In our office we do not bill the chlamydia culture separately we bill the appropriate e/m code only
    Melissa Fretz, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by BECKY LEVI CPC View Post
    We had a patient in our office who had a chlamydia culture taken. Could someone help me? Is there a procedure code for the taking of this type of culture or not?

    Also, if a patient who has had a hysterectomy comes in for just a pelvic exam with no specimen collected along with a breast exam what would the appropriate code be for this scenario? I know it would also be insurance specific. Could anyone help please?
    The obtaining of a culture is part of the E/M service provided.

    Even though a patient has had a hysterectomy, you can still code a preventive exam when they come in for routine pelvic/breast exam. Pap tests are still obtained on some women who have had hysterectomy as the test can also detect other problems. Of course if it is a Medicare patient there are specific G and Q codes to use for that type of exam.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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