AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Pap smear interpretation

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Greensboro, NC

    Default Pap smear interpretation

    AAPC: Back to School
    If a physician does the pap smear and interpretation, can they use the cpt code 88141 and charge for it. The reimbursement is more than the regular pap smear. I assume this means that the specimen is not sent to a lab. Any information on this would be appreciated.
    C. Robinson

  2. #2


    Have you tried 88142 and I do believe all smears are sent to the Lab-

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Duluth, Minnesota


    88141 is not used "alone",...it's used in conjuction with the code for the technical portion of the pap. (88142-88154, 88164-88167, 88174-88175). We've only used the 88141 (in the past) when the pap was sent to our pathologist to be interpreted. (and I'd agree with garcia06, all paps are sent to lab)
    {that's my opinion on the posted matter}
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Watertown, NY


    i was informed that since the paps are sent the lab/pathology dept and they issue an interp report that they bill the 80000 series of codes.
    the dr can only bill for the collection & exam. (looks like double billing if the dr bills then the lab bills)
    collection codes
    exam codes

Similar Threads

  1. Pap smear following normal 6 mo pap
    By astough in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-22-2012, 06:48 AM
  2. PAP Smear Only
    By CrysLednum in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-02-2012, 09:04 PM
  3. pap smear
    By YOLANDAB in forum Family Practice
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-22-2010, 07:48 AM
  4. pap smear
    By mjewett in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-24-2010, 03:55 PM
  5. Bone marrow smear interpretation
    By AFisher in forum Hematology/Oncology
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-18-2010, 11:43 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.