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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    Question 88172, 88173

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    Hello -

    I am new to Pathology coding, and am only billing the Professional Component. Can someone tell me what service 88173 is reporting? Do we use 88172 to evaluate the adequacy of the specimen and then 88173 to actually interpret the findings (i.e. malignant, benign)?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    New Orleans, LA


    88172 if for "immediate" study. This is used when the cytopathologist examines the specimen intra-procedurally to let whoever is performing the FNA know whether they need to gather more material or not.

    88173 is for the interpration and report on the FNA after the procedure is concluded.

  3. #3

    Default 88172

    I am also quite new to the Pathology. This 88172 is being denied on all fronts because of place of service. The payers don't mind the 88173 but they are complaining about 88172. What do I need to do if my pathologist was the one performing the 88172 and notates that on his report?
    Robyn King, CPC
    Tawas St. Joseph Hospital

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Greater Pittsburgh


    if you pathologist is performing the actual fna, then look to code 10021. you can also report the 88173 and 88172 along with the 10021.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default 88172 performed during bronchoscopy

    Hi all, I have an 88172 being denied by Humana for Place of Service as well. do you all know the "fix" for this? Thanks

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