Blood Bank Billing and Reimbursement

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - [Rescheduled from 04/03/19] - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-420 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Leadership Management
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: CFOs, Directors, Facilities that perform molecular testing, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Michael Passwater, MT(ASCP)SBB,DLM, Pathology Section Manager, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
Speakers: Suzanne Butch, MS, MLS(ASCP)SBB,DLM, CQA(ASQ), Consultant, Michigan; Leah Mendelsohn Stone, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships, AABB, Bethesda, MD

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain rules for hospital coding and billing for blood products and transfusion service testing.
  • Explain the codes and process used to bill for blood products and special requirements.
  • Define an MUE and discuss differences between direct client billing (e.g. reference lab billing a hospital lab) and patient/3rd party billing (e.g. hospital lab billing an insurance company).
  • Identify the proper codes and process for billing phenotyping and genotyping testing for donors and patients.
  • Discuss recent advocacy initiatives aimed at ensuring appropriate payments for blood products and transfusion services.

Program Description

This program will include discussion and case studies to familiarize the audience with the proper CPT and HCPCS code selections for blood bank testing, blood products, and blood administration activities. Speakers will offer their expertise on current payment policies related to serologic and molecular patient and donor testing in support of transfusion therapy.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-420-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-420-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biographies

Suzanne Butch has been the Manager of Clinical Pathology Quality Assurance and the Administrative Manager of the Blood Bank & Transfusion Service at the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelors degree and Certificate in Medical Technology from the University of Michigan, and a Masters in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University. She is certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, a Specialist in Blood Banking Technology, and a Diplomate in Laboratory Management from the ASCP, and as a Certified Quality Auditor from the American Society for Quality. She has been active in state, national, and international professional societies. She is currently an independent consultant and is an adjunct faculty member with the Michigan State Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program.

Leah Mendelsohn Stone is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships at AABB, where she leads the association in advancing its legislative, regulatory and public policy priorities. She directs the planning, development and implementation of AABB’s advocacy agenda, establishes and maintains strategic relationships with public and private partners, and represents AABB before Congress, Federal agencies and advisory committees, and other organizations. Leah’s ability to effectively strategize and advocate for AABB is informed by her extensive expertise in Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, the Affordable Care Act, health care delivery reform, and prevention and health care quality initiatives. Leah cultivated her expertise throughout the decade she spent in private practice as a health care policy and advocacy attorney. Leah holds a JD from the Emory University School of Law, as well as a BA in psychology and a certificate in community health from Tufts University.