[Histonet] Iron and copper code question

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Tue Jan 23 09:16:33 CST 2007

It is probably because iron is almost a routine stain for bone marrow smears and biopsies, while copper (and zinc) are seldom done and always as histochemical stains for specific cases. Any lab may have several iron stains daily, but copper (for Wilson's disease) is perhaps done once every 1 or 2 months.
  Frecuency in usage may determine the different code.
  Just an "educated guess" though!
  René J.

"Weems, Joyce" <JWEEMS <@t> sjha.org> wrote:
  What is the difference in iron and copper staining that would cause copper and zinc, to to be listed as 88318 and iron listed in 88313 in CPT codes? Seems iron is a histochemical stain also. 

Thanks, j

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
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