Question Skin vs. Soft Tissue specimen

Lcubed

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Hello all,

I am hoping someone can give me their impression of the distinction between when a specimen is a skin specimen (88305) and when it can be coded to a soft tissue specimen. Our pathologists consistently determine "size" as an indicator and while I disagree (and also cannot find anything in my research to their point) I can also see that if the "skin" specimen is deep that it could enter into the soft tissue category.

Thank you in advance,
Laura
 

nkovar

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Hi Laura,

Our practice typically goes by what the pathologist ends up referring to the specimen as in the final diagnosis header (skin vs soft tissue) as well as what the diagnosis itself is. If the diagnosis is obviously a skin disorder or associated ICD-10 we always code to skin for the CPT level. Hope that helps a bit!

Natasha
 
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