Streptococcus Group B with Susceptibility Culture

Supply #S02 - Amies Gel (blue cap)

Test code: 15090

CPT code(s): 87081

Includes: If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge, (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities will be performed on Group B streptococcus isolates (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87186).

Methodology: Bacterial Culture, Aerobic Isolation and Identification Procedure including Broth Enhanced Culture and Susceptibility

Clinical Significance: Group B Streptococci can be one of the most significant pathogens in the neonatal period. The organism is transmitted to the newborn through the birth canal. Prepartum vaginal introitus and anorectal cultures are important to determine carriage.

Alternative Name(s): Culture, Group B Strep

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.

Collection Guide: 

Supply#: S02 - Amies Gel (blue cap)

Preferred specimen(s): Blue cap culture swab device with Amies gel transport medium

Preferred volume: 2 swabs

Transport container: Blue cap culture swab device with Amies gel transport medium

Transport temperature: Room temperature

Specimen stability: Room temperature: 48 hours

Special Instructions: Prepartum patients: Obtain one or two swabs using either a red cap, amies liquid transport medium swab or blue cap amies gel medium swab of the vaginal introitus and the anorectum as recommended by the CDC.

Reject criteria:
  • Expired transport swabs
  • Frozen specimens
  • Viral transport device
  • DNA prove transport device

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.