Per the information in the CPT Assistant below, a modifier would not be used.
Instead, your multiple specimens would be identified with units.
CPT Assistant, September 2000 Pages: 10,11
Category: Coding Consultation
If two skin lesions are submitted together and are not separately identified, would this be reported as one or two specimens?
The unit of service for the surgical pathology codes 88300-88309 is the specimen. A specimen is defined as tissue(s) that is (are) submitted for individual and separate attention, requiring individual examination and pathologic diagnosis.
Therefore, when material received for pathologic examination comprises multiple specimens, each specimen is considered a single unit of service and should be reported using a single code. For example, if two separate skin lesions are separately identified and submitted in a single container, the physician work related to each of these separately identified specimens would be reported as two units of service with code 88305. If, however, two separate skin lesions are submitted together and are not separately identified, then this would be reported as a single specimen as one unit of service with code 88305.
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