Non gyn cytology

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Coding cytology fluids for group of Pathologist has me very confused as to correct CPT codes.
Please guide me.
Pathologist insist on using the 88162 ext study 5 slides or more. Two examples follow.
1. Cerebrospinal Fluid: Gross description. Received 1.5 ML of clear fluid labeled tube 2, from which four cytospins are prepared and stained with papanicolaou and giemsa stains.

2. Peritoneal Fluid - Ascites. Received 1000+ ML of amber colored fluid, from which four cytospins are prepared and stained with papanicolaou and giemsa stains.
With this information is it correct to use the 88162 as the Pathologist say?:confused:
 

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pyounes

Hello,
Cytology is billed by procedure, and 4 cytospins (88108) would not be considered excessive and would not warrant an 88162. Good luck
 
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