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    I get the path report back and it states: "Probable BCC". It's either benign or malignant. How do we code this when the Pathologist states that it is probable BCC? Any thoughts?

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    you will have to go back to the presenting symptom of say skin disorder... 709.8. You cannot code probable.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    You don't have anything definitive to code here. Based on just the statement "probable BCC" you cannot even say it is a neoplasm unless there is more to the report than this statement. 795.4 would be appropriate for this smidge of diagnostic findings: non-specific abnormal findings. It reports what the pathologist found without committing, just like the dx. I would put the clinical indications secondary to flesh out the coding and provide more information. An unsatisfactory bit of coding, but one based on the available documentation.

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