Lab Panel Codes
Under the introductory section of Organ or Disease-Oriented Panels 3rd paragraph, it is stated, "Do not report 2 or more panel codes that include any of the same constituent tests performed from the same patient collections." I am seeking clarification as to whether this literally means the same blood specimen collection or if it more generally means the same DOS collection. There are times in my hospital setting that constituent tests are performed on the same DOS on an OP encounter, so it might lead one to report an appliccable panel code. However, sometimes the constituents are not ordered at the same time and the tests might be run from separate blood specimens drawn at different times, but still on the same DOS. Any guidance or references would be appreciated.