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In 2005, report venipunctures using 36415

APCs Insider, December 3, 2004

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In 2005, report venipunctures using 36415

Q: I noticed that G0001 is a deleted code for 2005.  This is the code Medicare has required for venipuncture in the past. What should we report beginning January 1, 2005 for this service?

A: Although CMS has not published a transmittal regarding this deleted HCPCS code or its replacement code 36415, it is possible to piece together various official transmittals and get the answer. G0001 is deleted effective January 1, 2005.  Refer to the 2005 HCPCS file on the CMS clinical lab fee schedule Web site at the following link:

Further information can be found at the following CMS Web site as well:

The 2005 clinical lab fee schedule no longer contains G0001, but it does contain 36415 with the standard $3.00 payment rate that G0001 has had for as long as most of us can remember. Therefore, we should be able to report 36415 to Medicare in place of G0001. 


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