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    Default Intra-procedural adequacy checks non FNA

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    When doing an Intra-procedural adequacy checks for bone core biopsy's (non FNA) and then the specimen is being forwarded to an outside lab for consultation, which CPT code would be correct?

    thanks donna

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    New Orleans, LA


    I wouldn't use a consult during surgery code for a 'procedure.' I don't think there is a code for this... What are they doing? Is this a look through the microscope to make sure the specimen is bone/marrow?

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    They are just doing an adequacy check on a needle core biopsy, to check for adequacy of the specimen before it is sent to an outside source. Basically they are doing an 88172 but it is not an FNA.

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    how about 88329 gross only intra op

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    New Orleans, LA


    88329 is gross only so if a microscope is involved, I wouldn't do it. Also there is a difference between intra-operatively and intra-procedurally. If it's not an FNA you can't use an FNA code and if it's not an operation (vs procedure) you can't use an intraoperative code. You could use a unspecified service code but you'll be denied and/or have to submit documentation to prove the charge's validity. If this doesn't happen often, I would eat the charge. You are providing an extra level of patient care that CPT doesn't describe and the patients and clinicians will appreciate it. If it happens often enough I would contact your major payers for advice.

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