Wound Cultures

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Question:  

Our surgeon recently took a patient to the OR for an I&D of a neck abscess. The documentation in the operative note indicates a culture was taken. The only CPT codes I can find are in the pathology section. Is this work reportable by the surgeon?

Answer:

Thanks for your question and one that is not uncommon. The work associated with obtaining the culture is included in the more extensive surgical procedure for the I&D.