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Laboratory vs Pathology

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    What distinguishes a pathology code from a laboratory code?

    I am trying to administer a contract where pathology and laboratory are handled differently.

    **Would Pathology codes be isolated to the 88000-88399 section?

    **Could there be /Is there any pathology codes in the 89049-89240 range?

    **Would 80500-80502 (which are consultations for clinical pathology) be considered pathology codes?

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    Technically, all lab falls under pathology. However, when most people refer to pathology they are referring to surgical pathology and they are found in the 88000-88399 section as you stated.

    Looking through the 89049-89240 range I didn't see anything listed that would require physician (pathologist) intervention, so I don't think they would qualify.

    I would agree with you that the consultation codes would be consdered pathology, as they would require a written report from the physician.

    G Brown
    19+ years of working in a lab

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