Question:

Are there any restrictions on the types of specimens that can be assigned CPT® codes for drug-analysis procedures?

Answer:

Unless otherwise specified in the code descriptor the CPT may be applied to any specimen type including oral fluid, meconium, or hair. The drug analysis procedures are not limited to urine, plasma or serum.


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This question was answered in the 2018 edition of our Coding Essentials for Laboratories. For more hot topics relating to laboratory services, please view our store, or call us at 1.800.252.1578 ext. 2.

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CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.