[Histonet] 88331 and 88332

Richard Cartun Rcartun <@t> harthosp.org
Mon Oct 30 08:21:31 CST 2006

One could argue that is all one specimen and, therefore, should be coded
as follows: 88331, 88332, and 88305.  In my opinion, it doesn't make any
sense to allow 88305x2 if you are going to allow 88331 and 88332.


Richard W. Cartun, Ph.D.
Director, Immunopathology & Histology
Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology
Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT  06102
(860) 545-1596
(860) 545-0174 Fax

>>> "Demarinis, Carolyn" <cdemarinis <@t> SARATOGACARE.ORG> 10/27/06 10:14
AM >>>
There seems to be some confusion on what codes to use when multiple
frozens are sent on multiple specimens.

I need some clarification, therefore, I am providing an example.

If two specimens are sent to the lab for frozen section labeled:

A)      left upper eyelid 12 o'clock marker

B)      left upper eyelid

Frozen section diagnosis on A) is basal cell carcinoma at margins.

Frozen section diagnosis on B) is no evident malignancy.


Am I correct in using 88331 x 2 in addition to 88305 x 2?

I am getting billing rejections stating that I should be using 88331 x
1, 88332 x 1, 88305 x 2.

If so, please provide me with appropriate documentation.

Thank you.

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