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88112 vs 88305

  1. #1
    Smile 88112 vs 88305
    Medical Coding Books

    We sent a urine sample to a path lab to do a 88112 - CNS-Cytopathology, selective celluar enhancement tech w/interp. They also charged a 88305 - Level IV surgical pathology, gross & microscopic exam. The lab said they used the 88305 to do a cell block. Myself and other coders that I have talked to do not think this is correct. The 88305 is a biopsy surgical path code. We did not send any tissue only a urine sample to do the CNS (88112)

    We believe that the path lab is incorrectly charging the 88305. I would appreciate anyone's input on this.


  2. #2
    Default Confusion
    I agree, is it possible the lab got some specimens and orders mixed up?

  3. #3
    Default Not A Chance
    The lab told me that they charge a 88305 to do a cell block with all CNS tests. No mistake there.

  4. Smile Cell Block
    A cell block is common with various specimens such as Thin preps (88112) and also created from washing of FNA's. The cell block is a listed CPT specimen code. Cell block, any source. 88305.

    The lab is correct in using the code.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Darcy Hughes, CPC

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