AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: BX and Path reports-Do you have to wait to bill?

  1. #1

    Default BX and Path reports-Do you have to wait to bill?

    AAPC: Back to School
    Do you have to wait for the pathology report to bill for a biopsy? I have always waited for the pathology to bill but there is some question in our office as it not being necessary.
    EX: Pt has lung nodule....physician performs bx and lobectomy for carcinoma. Office feels we can bill immediately using dx code for lung nodule. I wait for pathology report and change dx to carcinoma, etc and bill accordingly. Who is correct or can both ways be billed? Thank you for your help!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    the only time you are required to wait for the path report is for skin lesion excisions. In your example either answer is correct as you may code from the information available at the time of codeing or you may wait until after study since the bx was performed same day.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

Similar Threads

  1. Coding without op notes or path reports?
    By meo59101 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-02-2012, 01:56 PM
  2. Using path. reports dx?
    By BFAITHFUL in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-07-2011, 07:50 AM
  3. Question about signatures on path reports
    By coder25 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-04-2010, 05:25 PM
  4. Path Reports
    By tmlofton in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-28-2009, 03:03 PM
  5. Do I wait for a path report in ambulatory facility coding?
    By chetubig001 in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-03-2009, 09:26 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.