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88305 Urologist/Pathologist HELP

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    Default 88305 Urologist/Pathologist HELP
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    Urologist performed biopsy 55700, bills 88305-TC, then Lab/Pathologist bills 88305. Is the urologist allowed to bill 88305? all he did was obtained the biopsies and sent them to the lab for processing....
    Marilyn CPC, CPC-H, CEMC

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    The technical component of 88305 involves the preparation of the specimen for pathological diagnosis. In the unlikely event that the urologist measured and described the specimen from a pathological viewpoint, set it in paraffin, and prepared the slides, he or she could bill the technical component. I.E: the pathologist received slides rather than a specimen.

    If the urologist removed the biopsy and sent it in formalin to the lab with a requisition for further processing, there is no charge for that. It's included in the 55700.

    Aside from Moh's surgery, surgeons rarely perform their own pathology.


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    Thank you, my thoughts exactly just needed reassurance...
    Marilyn CPC, CPC-H, CEMC

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