Laboratory Question for the Week of May 7, 2018


Are any of the specimen-collection codes paid separately by Medicare?


According to transmittal 3999, Medicare will make separate payment under the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) for the following specimen-collection methods (effective April 1, 2018):

36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture
P9612 Catheterization for collection of specimen, single patient, all places of service
P9615 Catheterization for collection of specimen(s) (multiple patients)

For this transmittal, which includes the CLFS update (issued March 14, 2018), go to

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