Tag Archives: urinalysis
Posted on 09. Jun, 2012 by dchandhok.
Though your lab gets a number of urinalysis (UA) tests every day, that doesn’t make coding these straight-forward coding situations any easy. With multiple CPT® codes for urine constituents, follow our experts’ guidelines to increase you UA coding accuracy so you can get the pay you deserve.
Tip 1: Distinguish Codes by Constituents
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Posted on 25. Oct, 2009 by sanjay.aikat.
Question: During a practice meeting last week, the subject of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waivers came up. We are currently not CLIA-waived, and we will discuss it again at next month’s meeting. I was wondering if you could offer any input? Should we apply for a CLIA waiver?
Answer: Whether or not the waiver is worth it is up to your individual practice. However, a practice is not allowed to perform many basic laboratory services without CLIA-waived status. So if your practice does not get the waiver, you could be missing out on possible pay for some simple screens.
Example: Here are a few of the tests that have CLIA-waived status to help you decide:
• 81002 — Urinalysis, by dip stick or tablet reagent for bilirubin, glucose, hemoglobin, ketones, leukocytes, nitrite, pH, protein, specific gravity, urobilinogen, any number of these constituents; non-automated, without microscopy
• 82270 — Blood, occult, by peroxidase activity (e.g., guaiac), qualitative; feces, consecutive collected specimens with single determination, for colorectal neoplasm screening (i.e., patient was provided three cards or single triple card for consecutive collection)
Posted on 22. May, 2009 by .
OK, coders. If you aced Doctor’s Slang 101 and think you’re IT, it’s time for Round 2.
If you see these in an note, do you know what they mean?
- A’s and B’s
- Banana Bag
- ROMI or ”romied”
- Swiss Cheese
- Tet Syndrome