CQW Panacea-re-brand-rev3

Laboratory

For the Week of September 22, 2014

Question:

Why does CMS no longer recognize CPT codes 88342 and 88343?

Answer:

When the CPT editorial panel revised the definition of CPT 88342 and created new add-on code 88343, the revised codes and descriptors would allow multiple units of reporting for each slide and each block per antibody. CMS felt that the changes in coding would encourage overutilization by allowing multiple blocks and slides to be billed. HCPCS codes G0461 and G0462 were created to ensure that the services are only reported once for each antibody per specimen.

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