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99000 Lab Specimen Handling: More Than Just a Messenger Fee

Posted on 09. Mar, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

The AMA changed its mind — and you should change your policy.

If you reserve 99000 for incurring charges, you need a primer on the code’s musts to collect this fee from private payers.

“I am under the impression that the code can only be used if you collect the specimen then send it to an outside lab,” says Jamie Kurrasch, CPC, with Primary Care Partners, PC in Junction City, Colo. She’s looking for a code her lab can use for the specimen collection for the flu and RSV test that the practice runs at its in-house lab.

Check out these 99000 guidelines.

Capture Specimen Prep With 99000

You can report 99000 (Handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician’s office to a laboratory) “for the preparation of a specimen for lab transport, even when there is no...

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