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Coding of tests

Author: Preview Account Views: 1515 Created: 2010-11-02 07:19 Last Updated: 2010-11-22 10:24

A patient whilst in hospital had several blood tests, among them an immunological test for ANA, ANCA and antinuclear, as well as for HBS, Epstein Barr and also a test for cancer marker. She also had a cytological examination of the ascites fluid which they drained. How shall  I code all the above?

Niko answers:

Laboratory tests belong to the procedures which are normally not coded (according to Coding Guideline P05 which is new since November 2010).