Pap smear interpretation

cynthiar

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If a physician does the pap smear and interpretation, can they use the cpt code 88141 and charge for it. The reimbursement is more than the regular pap smear. I assume this means that the specimen is not sent to a lab. Any information on this would be appreciated.
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dmaec

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88141 is not used "alone",...it's used in conjuction with the code for the technical portion of the pap. (88142-88154, 88164-88167, 88174-88175). We've only used the 88141 (in the past) when the pap was sent to our pathologist to be interpreted. (and I'd agree with garcia06, all paps are sent to lab)
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bigredcag

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i was informed that since the paps are sent the lab/pathology dept and they issue an interp report that they bill the 80000 series of codes.
the dr can only bill for the collection & exam. (looks like double billing if the dr bills then the lab bills)
collection codes
Q0091
99000
exam codes
G0101
S0610
S0612
 
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