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Diagnostic Tests: Hone How You Report Hemoccult Tests With This Expert Advice

Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 by in Hot Coding Topics

Why, who, and where work hand-in-hand to point you to the right code.

If you want to keep the dollars flowing for in-office examination of fecal occult blood test (FOBT), you should focus on the difference between three hemoccult codes and their purpose.

Consider the following scenario:

A patient presented in the ob-gyn office complaining of diarrhea preceded by intestinal cramping, which lasted a couple of weeks. The patient is 60 years old and has no history of cancer in the family. She also didn’t feel nauseous at all. The physician took a stool sample to test for both parasites and blood. How should you tackle this?

Assign the Appropriate Code for Each Type of Collection

CPT® has two codes that you can use for post digital rectal exam (DREs) and consecutive specimen collection:

82270 – Blood, occult, by peroxidase activity (e.g., guaiac), qualitative; feces, consecutive collected specimens with single...

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