Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  


Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1186         Geisinger Epic ID: 52669

Specimen type:
Fresh stool, vesicle fluid/scraping, body fluid (excluding CSF), or conjunctiva swab
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Sterile specimen container
Specimen required:
3 mL fresh stool, vesicle fluid/scraping, body fluid (excluding CSF); minimum 1 mL or 1 swab.
Special notes:
To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into VCM (equal volumes of fluid and VCM) or UTM and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8°C or kept on wet ice following collection and while in transit. **Short stability: Transport to laboratory for testing ASAP.

Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (cold packs). Transport to laboratory for testing ASAP.
Specimen stability:
VCM or UTM: Room temperature: Unacceptable. Refrigerated: 4 days. Frozen -20° C: Unacceptable. Frozen -70° C: 30 days.
Raw (unpreserved) specimens: Room temperature: Unacceptable. Refrigerated: 72 hours. Frozen: Unacceptable.
Rejection criteria:
Dry swabs • Calgiswabs® • Wooden swabs • Respiratory specimens

CPT code(s):
87254 x6, 87299 x3
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
The following tests are reflexed/performed based on the sample type received: Adenovirus Culture, Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture, Herpes simplex/Varicella zoster Virus Rapid Culture, Viral Respiratory, Rapid Culture with Reflex, Respiratory Syncytial Virus Antigen Detection, DFA, Herpes Simplex/Varicella-Zoster Virus Culture/DIF, Enterovirus Culture.
Quest test code 840, V Cult Comp
Clinical significance:
Comprehensive Virus Culture

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Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Set up: Daily; Report available: 8 days    
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