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How does your institution handle the charges for routine antibody identification?

When a full panel is performed, 86870 is charged.

When selected cells are used, 86885 can be charged per cell.

How do you populate this to a patient's record? Is it some sort of data entry submitted by the technologist working on the ABID? Manual charge entry after daily review? What LIS are you using?

Please help!

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10 hours ago, pinktoptube said:

We use both codes depending out the number of cells used.

How is it tabulated to the patient's account? e.g. does the supervisor review all antibody workups and enter charge codes?

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Either the Manager or Team Lead reviews the workup and enters the additional cell charge, if needed. The full panel charge is automatically entered when we result an ID.

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If antibody ID is reflexed based on results entered for testing on Type&Screen orders or prenatal ABS, the system charges for 1 ABID (which uses the code you noted). If the ID is part of any other type of workup (crossmatch, titer, etc) or more than one panel or extra cells are used, it has to be manually charged using the codes you mentioned. The charges are entered by me or another tech who has responsibilities for managing some of our paperwork. We are on paper, so we charge through the HIS (Paragon).

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