This is the only fee applicable for taking blood specimens and is to apply in those situations where a single bloodwork service is provided by an unassociated facility or person.
Where a blood specimen is taken by physician’s office and dispatched to another unassociated physician’s office or diagnostic facility, the original physcian’s office may charge 00012 only when it does not perform another laboratory procedure using blood collected at the same time. (See Preamble Clause C. 21.)
When billed with another service such as an office visit, 00012 may be billed at 100%.
This test, when performed in physicians’ offices, are accepted for payment by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia. These tests are not payable to laboratories, vested interest laboratories and/or hospitals.
Please reference the billing pre-amble for these relevant interpretations of this billing code:See Pre-Amble Notes