Lab and pathology coding expertise at your fingertips.
It’s never been more important to achieve correct coding and billing for laboratory and pathology services. With advanced technologies of molecular pathology, cytogenetics, and molecular biology, along with a continual focus on drug abuse testing, staff members in the healthcare industry are encountering problems on how to interpret and apply the coding guidelines and correct procedure codes for these changing areas.
Fortunately, you can rely on our Coding Essentials for Laboratories to bring you the clear explanations and instructions along with tips and guidance from our highly respected laboratory and pathology coding experts.
This resource will bring clarity to these ever-changing areas along with coding and billing guidance on other lab services such as chemistry lab testing, hematology, histology, preventive lab testing, next-generation sequencing, and many more.
Features and Benefits
- Updated with NEW coverage and coding changes for molecular pathology, preventative services, and drug testing
- Step-by-step through coding and billing for laboratory and pathology services:
- Drug testing
- Therapeutic drug assays
- Molecular pathology
- Preventive services
- Blood banking
- Transfusion medicine
- And more!
- Each section includes:
- Explanations of services and the intent of each
- CPT®/HCPCS codes and descriptions
- Sample chargemasters
- Coding and billing tips
- Visual flow charts
- Coding flowcharts for at-a-glance guidance with selecting the correct CPT codes, along with examples of CPT codes that illustrate the issue.
- Medicare payment information, including quick-reference tables with RVU and APC rates
- Special help with common areas of confusion and noncompliance, such as:
- Coding for diagnostic vs. preventive Pap smears
- Billing under a device code or as a lab-developed test
- Code changes and coverage limitations for clinical drug testing
- Coding for molecular pathology
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The final rules for the 2018 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) dictate the publishing dates for our books. In previous years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have issued these final rules in early November of the previous year (November 2017), and the updating process for our books begins.