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    If the cytotech reads a pap smear and finds that the specimen is unsatisfactory for interpretation, can i bill 88142 because the smear has been reviewed if i use 795.08 (unsatisfactory pap)? If yes, then would i need any special coding when the repeat specimen comes in to indicate that this replaces the first specimen? Most of my patients are medicare or medicaid.

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    Everett, WA

    Default Unsat Paps

    I have a similar question about billing for the pathologist's review of the specimen...can we bill for the 88141? If so, or if not, does anyone have references to that information?

    Thank you!
    Shawna Lumpkin, CPC
    Billing Office Manager/Pathology Coder

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