Sentinel nodes received in one container

aleigh

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Hi, we received a sentinel lymph node specimen with 3 nodes in one container. In reading the path coding manual it seems like a grey area. If the 3 nodes are separately diagnosed on the report could they bill 88307 x3?
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bharris77

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If all the nodes are sentinel nodes then yes you can charge for each separately diagnosed node. Just make sure that it is a sentinel node and not 3 lymph nodes that are in one container. If it is just 3 lymph nodes that are not sentinel nodes then the charge would be 88307 because it would be considered a lymph node resection which covers a resection that contains 2 or more nodes.
 
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