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    Question Pathology Coding

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    I assign DX codes to the 'specimens" for Professional component billing.
    I understand that if I have a malignant breast tissue, it would be the 174.9.
    Now I have benign lymph specimens.......they are not "tissues"...How do I code that? I have heard that since many specimens are not "neoplasms" I would not use the benign code,How do I code benign breast margins? I would love to talk to someone who could help me with many "specimen" coding situations.....HELP

    Rhonda Markowitz, CPC:

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    Code the reason for the biopsy. Additional specimens with no findings are coded for the findings of the primary site.

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    Smile pathology

    When coding pathology of specimens - I code to the result of the pathology report. For example the physician removes a lump from a specific site (arm).
    If the pathology report determines its a tumor the path report should classify the type of tumor - then you would select your diagnosis code appropriately. This would be the same as with lymph__ , lymph what , check your path report for the full or final diagnosis/description.
    Hope this is helpful

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