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Notice to Readers: Revision of Acute Hepatitis Panel

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are standardized codes developed and maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA) for the classification and reporting of medical services. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) requires the use of these codes for reporting services to Medicare and Medicaid for reimbursement. On January 1, 1998, the components of the test panel for acute viral hepatitis (CPT#80059) were changed to exclude the tests for IgM antibody to hepatitis A virus (IgM anti-HAV) and IgM antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (IgM anti-HBc), the tests that specifically identify recent infection with hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Effective January 1, 2000 (CPT 2000), the acute hepatitis panel has been revised (CPT#80074) to re-include the tests for IgM anti-HAV and IgM anti-HBc. This revised panel, which also includes tests for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV), should be used to diagnose any patient presenting with signs and/or symptoms of acute viral hepatitis. Additional information on CPT codes is available at the AMA World-Wide Web site,*

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