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    Default Buccal swab

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    What is the code for this procedure (collection of cells from the inside of a cheek)?



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    WOW - good question! - can't wait for the answer! I can't find a thing!
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Default buccal swab

    Did anyone ever get an aswer to the coding for a buccal swab? If so, post.


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    Kokomo, IN

    Default buccal swab

    I don't think there is a code for that is there? Wouldn't you just code the test you were doing the buccal swab for? Unfortunately, in the lab, a lot of the equipment/collection is inclusive to the test. I'm still looking but can't find it yet.

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    Bradenton FL

    Default Coding for Buccal Swab

    I agree with Anna; the swab is part of the procedure coded. To generally research this I checked out a website for a lab (ViroMed). They have an online listing with their test codes but it also lists specimen requirements and the related CPT codes.

    For example, if doing a Cystic Fibrosis Profile, specimen requirements are shown as 3-5 ml Whole Blood (EDTA or ACD) and 1 Buccal Swab. Then CPT codes are listed as 83890, 83894, 83901, 83912, 83896 x 25

    (This is just a general indication to me; I don't have any expertise yet, but I hope this helps!)

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    I believe this is part of the EM-They are just taking a swab samble from the inside of the mouth and sending it to the lab.
    Last edited by klemkosky; 02-11-2009 at 09:34 PM.

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    Talking buccal swab

    Thanks everyone!

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