Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2006 changed the description of code 82270. Should pediatric practices be reporting this code?

Code 82270 (blood, occult, by peroxidase activity [eg, guaiac], qualitative; feces, consecutive specimens with single determination, for colorectal neoplasm screening [ie, patient was provided 3 cards or single triple card for consecutive collection]) has been revised for use in reporting the evaluation of 3 sample specimens with a single determination for colorectal neoplasm screening. Typically these specimens are collected in the patient’s home. Up until this change, 82270 was used to report a single-specimen fecal occult blood test that was primarily performed in the office, as well as the 3-specimen occult blood test that was used for home collection. CPT code 82272 (blood, occult, by peroxidase activity, qualitative; feces, single specimen) should be reported when a single specimen, obtained from a digital rectal examination, is tested. Report code 82270 when...

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