Laboratory Question for the Week of September 4, 2023


Can we still bill for a unit of blood when it is split specifically with the intent of transfusion but is then not transfused?


Where a unit of blood is split specifically with the intent of transfusion but is not then transfused, the hospital may bill for the splitting the unit of blood (CPT® 86985) but may not bill the HCPCS code for the blood product. CMS states that the date of service must be the date on which the decision not to use the blood was made. This determination must be indicated in the patient’s medical record.

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