Your practice reports Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 99000 (handling or conveyance of specimen for transfer from physicians' office to a laboratory) when blood or other specimen is obtained, and the specimen is prepared and sent to an outside laboratory for testing. You are not being paid for this service by your state Medicaid program or most commercial payers because they deem this service to be non-covered. How can your practice be paid for the service provided?

You can bill the patient or parent for non-covered services when it is allowed under terms of a payer's contract. If a service is non-covered, and after negotiation the payer continues to refuse coverage, get the contract amended (if needed) to state that you can bill the patient or parent for the non-covered service. To avoid engendering patients' or parents' ire, you should alert them to the fee prior to drawing...

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