88112 vs 88305

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We sent a urine sample to a path lab to do a 88112 - CNS-Cytopathology, selective celluar enhancement tech w/interp. They also charged a 88305 - Level IV surgical pathology, gross & microscopic exam. The lab said they used the 88305 to do a cell block. Myself and other coders that I have talked to do not think this is correct. The 88305 is a biopsy surgical path code. We did not send any tissue only a urine sample to do the CNS (88112)

We believe that the path lab is incorrectly charging the 88305. I would appreciate anyone's input on this.

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Julie :)
 
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Cell Block

A cell block is common with various specimens such as Thin preps (88112) and also created from washing of FNA's. The cell block is a listed CPT specimen code. Cell block, any source. 88305.

The lab is correct in using the code.

I hope this is helpful.

Darcy Hughes, CPC
 
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