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    Default pathology

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    How many coders bill out surgeries before receiving the pathology report?

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    I code for an ASC and we always wait for the pathology before coding.

    Hope this helps,


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    Kokomo, IN


    I always wait for the path report.
    Anna Weaver, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
    Associate Auditor

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Depends on the surgery

    Well, that depends on the surgery, doesn't it?

    If you aren't removing tissue and sending it to pathology you'll be waiting a LONG time for a path report.

    Even if you are removing tissue and sending to pathology you do NOT always have to wait for the path report. I'm thinking of all the appendectomies that we would delay coding if we waited for pathology.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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