In last week’s question and answer, you mentioned that venipuncture is commonly collected in the respiratory therapy department. What is the Medicare payment for this procedure?


For 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have again assigned 36416 (collection of venous blood by venipuncture) to status indicator “N,” which means that, as usual, it is packaged.

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


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