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    How would you code for the microscopic exam of breat discharge/drainage? CLIA waived test? Thanks.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
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    Any takers?
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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    New Orleans, LA


    If the discharge was put into a cell block it is 88305 for the gross and microscopic exam and subsequent diagnosis. This is a CPT-designated specimen, Cell block, any source.

    If it's examined as a cytology specimen it is a different code but I don't have my CPT book handy. I'll look it up later and get back to you.

    Sorry to take so long.

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    martinez ca


    need more information. fluids are generally submitted for cytologic evaluation. Thin preps are 88112, cytospins 88108, smears 88104,filterprep 88106, smears & filter 88107. the report should state cytology.

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