As such, in prior years under the opps, this code was assigned status indicator a services paid under fee schedule or payment system other than opps and was reimbursed based on the laboratory fee schedule. Phlebotomy quick study academic pamphlet december 31, 2009. But a distinct cpt code, 36416, was created in 2003 to bill for the parts of the venipuncture service not covered by medicare. In medicine, venipuncture or venepuncture is the process of obtaining intravenous access for the purpose of intravenous therapy or for blood sampling of venous blood. Outpatients are called into the phlebotomy area and asked their name and date of birth. Venipuncture coding is described using cpt 36415 collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Report routine venipuncture with 36415 collection of venous blood, by venipuncture. How to properly document and bill for venipuncture medical. Routine venipuncture for collection of specimens, single home bound, nursing home, or skilled nursing facility patient. You may report cpt code 36415 collection of venous blood by venipuncture in addition to the cpt codes for the laboratory tests that were ordered and performed. Check out my blog to find awesome books on phlebotomy phlebotomy order of draw is easier to comprehend than you might think. Although most professionals in the medical field can draw blood, a phlebotomy technician specializ. This entry was posted in pdf and tagged code, cpt, venipuncture.
Cpt instructs us that that use of modifier 63 with 36415 is inappropriate. Medicare fee for office visit cpt codes cpt code 992, 99214, 99203 medicare revalidation process how often provide need to do faq gastroenterology, colonoscopy, endoscopy medicare cpt code fee. On the surface, it seems as a rudimentary procedure, one that doesnt require any special training. A professional phlebotomist follows the procedure in the same way for every venipuncture. In healthcare, this procedure is performed by medical laboratory scientists, medical practitioners, some emts, paramedics, phlebotomists, dialysis technicians, and other nursing staff. A pilot study to improve venipuncture compliance in children.
Routine venipuncture cpt code 36415 and healthcare common procedure coding system hcpcs level ii code s9529 and capillary blood collection cpt code 36416, are eligible for separate reimbursement when reported with an em andor a laboratory service. Routine venipuncture andor collection of specimens moda health. Revenue roundtable december 2017 new and deleted modifiers. Current procedural terminology cpt current procedural terminology professional edition or read online forfree, please click the link buttom. September 2015 wellmark blue cross and blue shield. Venipuncture coding is easy, but there are three rules to follow 1. Lastly, the cpt code book designates this code as a separate. Per cpt instruction, never append modifier 63 procedure performed on infants less than 4kg to 36415, even for very young and small patients the cms 2015 national physician fee schedule relative value file assigns 36415 an x status code, meaning that the service is not in the statutory definition of. Information on safety issues and regulations, specimen requirements and clinical correlation, and preexamination variables. Thats why its not for the routine venipuncture its when theyre hard stick, and its agebased as well. Cpt code 36415 collection of venous blood by venipuncture is considered a lab service. Venipuncture, younger than age 3 years, necessitating the skill of a physician or other qualified health care professional, not to be used for routine venipuncture.
Medicare does not allow a specimen collection fee to the visiting technician if a patient in a facility is a not confined to the. Best practices in phlebotomy who guidelines on drawing. Routine venipuncture is an excellent course for novice or experienced phlebotomists. Veinpuncture and new patient em medical billing and coding.
There are separate codes for collecting a specimen via venipuncture. Procedures for the collection of diagnostic blood specimens by venipuncture. Identifies when procedures within a code grouping are reported. Venipuncture kaiser permanente school of allied health sciences. As such, in prior years under the opps, this code was assigned status indicator a services paid under fee schedule or payment system other than opps and was reimbursed based on. Modifier 63 describes a procedure performed on infant less than 4 kg. Usually a 5 ml to 25 ml sample of blood is adequate depending on what blood tests have been requested. Basically, a phlebotomy is the procedure to take venous blood from a patient. Venipuncture article about venipuncture by the free dictionary. The agency is making a late switch back to 36415 because the definition of the code now matches the definition of g0001, a cms official says. The below cpt codes are considered preventive when billed with modifier 33 collection of capillary blood specimen e. Routine venipuncture for specimen collection may be safely and effectively performed by a properly trained and licensed nonphysician professional e. Routine venipuncture cpt code 36415 and this s code s9529. Moda health does allow separate reimbursement for cpt 36415 when the only other lab services billed for that date by that provider are for specimens not obtained by venipuncture e.
I dont have my books, but i try and give you what you would have. Venipuncture or drawing blood is one of the most common procedures performed in any medical center. The content on this site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. May 05, 2015 the venipuncture is a facetoface service, which prevents your md from billing a new patient visit when the patient returns for initial emresults. A routine venipuncture capillary blood collection, it says. The cpt guideline is that if any facetoface service not just em services is performed, you cannot bill a new patient visit for that providerdept for the next 3 years.
The medicare claims processing manual defines venipuncture as inserting into a vein a needle with syringe or vacutainer to draw the specimen. Collection of venous blood by venipuncture cpt 36415. One is labeled routine, 36415 routine venipuncture or fingerheelear stick for collection of specimens, and the other is labeled nonroutine, 36410 venipuncture, child over age 3 years or adult, necessitating physicians skill separate procedure, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes not to be used for routine venipunctu. S9529 hcpcs code venipuncture homesnf hcpcs registry. You may report cpt code 36415 collection of venous blood by venipuncture in addition to the cpt codes. Emergency department coding handbook nena scott, msed, rhia, ccs, ccsp, ccds, ahimaapproved icd10cmpcs trainer this handbook is a quick reference guide for coders in.
Presented information includes venipuncture techniques, response to anaphylactic reactions, contrast media and electrolyte balance, and management and care of the puncture site both pre and post injection. Cpt code 36415 for collection of venous blood by venipuncture is now payable by medicare, but code 36416 collection of capillary blood specimen e. Descriptions of venipuncture, dermal puncture techniques, and arterial puncture. Venipuncture procedure is the collection of blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing, is done through venipuncture and performed by a phlebotomist. Nov 19, 2016 mar 19, 2015 not assigned by the ama, are not part of cpt, and the ama is not recommending their use. Phlebotomy medtexx medical corporation 7 universal precautions and biosafety techniques 1. This chapter covers all the steps recommended for safe phlebotomy and reiterates the accepted principles for blood drawing and blood collection 31. Cpt code information is available to subscribers and includes the cpt code number, short description, long description, guidelines and more. A few of the tubes are somewhat interchangeable and i will. The agency is making a late switch back to 36415 because the definition of the code now matches the definition of g0001, a. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Summaries below the code for venipuncture, cpt 36415, is only eligible to be billed once, even.
These codes differentiate patients by age and, for those patients younger than 3 years old, by the vein accessed. Similarly, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels do not always become elevated during episodes of needle phobia. Assume all human blood, plasma, serum, body fluids semen, saliva, tears, cerebrospinal and amniotic fluid, milk and cervical secretions and tissues to be. Icd10pcs 7th character extensions and obstetric coding venipuncture cpt coding careerstep updates computer. Reflect on 2015 looking back, i think we can agree that 2015 was a momentous year in the world of health care. We saw the beginning of the end for the sustainable growth formula used to adjust medicare physician fees.
It is yet again another different look at an authors view. Cpt code venipuncture 36415 and 36416 billing tips not. Summary of changes february, july and september 2015. I know it seems like iam just highly suggesting every single one but i really am, these are very good books. This ensures that none of the vital steps are omitted. This code description may also have includes, excludes, notes, guidelines, examples and other information.
A routine venipuncturecapillary blood collection, it says. Cpt coding guidelines cpt codes 36415 85025 youtube. The cpt book includes parenthetical guidelines below these codes. The phlebotomist who is consistent in performance and who concentrates fully to obtain a quality specimen is an indispensable part of the healthcare team. Medical coding cpt 36415 replaced with 36410 video. Venipuncture is the most common method used to obtain blood samples. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease. It helps us establish if there is something wrong with the body and what to look out for. Venipuncture, one of the most common medical procedures in children, is also one of the most feared aspects of hospital visits for children. Venipuncture procedure and requirements explained e. This chapter of the cpt book also includes some nonfacetoface.
Review the important aspects of your blood collection procedures, including the recommended order of draw, proper patient identification, acceptable and unacceptable sites for blood collection, and variables in collection procedures that can affect the accuracy. If it has been removed, a nurse must install a new one before the patient can be drawn. Learn venipuncture radiology with free interactive flashcards. And we witnessed something that hasnt happened in 40 years implementation of a new diagnosis coding system.
The chapter includes background information section 2. Jul 02, 2010 the medicare claims processing manual defines venipuncture as inserting into a vein a needle with syringe or vacutainer to draw the specimen. The current procedural terminology cpt code 36405 as maintained by american medical association, is a medical procedural code under the range. Choose from 22 different sets of venipuncture radiology flashcards on quizlet. H03a5procedures for the collection of diagnostic blood. Mar 19, 2015 not assigned by the ama, are not part of cpt, and the ama is not recommending their use. Cert error relating to billing of venipuncture 36415. The venipuncture is a facetoface service, which prevents your md from billing a new patient visit when the patient returns for initial emresults.
One is labeled routine, 36415 routine venipuncture or fingerheelear stick for collection of specimens, and the other is labeled nonroutine, 36410 venipuncture, child over age 3 years or adult, necessitating physicians skill separate procedure, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. In medicine venipuncture or venepuncture also known as phlebotomy, venesection, blood draw, drawing blood or taking blood is the process of obtaining a sample of venous blood. The current procedural terminology cpt code 36405 as maintained by american medical association, is a medical procedural code under the range venous procedures. Current procedural terminology cpt code 36415 does not necessitate a physicians skill. If a phlebotomist has chosen to use the basilic vein when there is a usable median antecubital vein or cephalic vein, and the patient suffers an arterial nick or nerve.
Feb, 2015 check out my blog to find awesome books on phlebotomy phlebotomy order of draw is easier to comprehend than you might think. Cpt code 36416 cpt 36416 is designated as a status b code bundled and never separately reimbursed on the physician fee schedule rbrvu file. Cpt includes several other codes to describe venipuncture requiring a physicians skill. The cpt guideline is that if any facetoface service not just em services is performed, you cannot bill.1347 483 633 472 1479 962 261 168 1084 977 988 238 891 288 339 1135 1538 630 1289 753 12 1429 1553 546 1507 908 1045 1073 1099 927 850 1096 447 1376 1418