Hep C Virus RNA Quantitative NAAT

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #: MBL0218A 
CPT: 87522 

Synonym(s):  Hepatitis C Virus RNA Quantification, HCV NAAT, HCV RNA 
Requisition Form G-2A
Test Description Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) to detect and quantify Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA in serum and plasma
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
  • Serum collected in Serum Separator tubes (SST) or red top tubes
  • Plasma collected in purple top tubes with EDTA
Minimum Volume/Size Required At least one viable colony
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping
  • Store at 2°C to 8°C for up to 5 days.
  • Store frozen at -20°C or colder for up to 60 days.
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handle as infectious agent using universal precautions.
  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents. Additional forms & resources
Method RNA Quantification by Real-Time Transcription Mediated Amplification
Turn-around Time 5 business days
  • Reliable results are dependent on adequate specimen collection, transport, storage, and processing.  
  • Though rare, mutations within the highly conserved regions of the viral genome covered by the primers and/or probe in this assay may result in failure to detect the virus.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Insufficient quantity
  • Unacceptable specimen type or source
  • Improper shipping conditions
  • Expired media or collection container
  • Discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
  • Incomplete or missing submission form
Additional Information N/A