Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 99000 (handling and/or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory) is reported when a practice incurs costs for the handling or transportation of a specimen to the laboratory or when work is performed to prepare a specimen prior to sending it to a laboratory. Typical work involved in preparation of a specimen may include centrifuging, separating serum, labeling tubes, packing for transport, filling out laboratory forms, and supplying necessary insurance information and other documentation.

Code 99000 is not used to report the obtaining of the specimen.

Given the intention of this code, is it appropriate to report more than one handling fee for the same patient on the same day of service? For example, if a practice prepares and sends urine, stool, and blood specimens to an outside laboratory for testing, can code 99000 be reported with 3 units of...

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