[Histonet] Finance Question

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Tue Aug 11 12:04:47 CDT 2009

All bone marrows (aspirates and biopsies) were handled and credited to the histology cost center at my institution. 
René J.

--- On Tue, 8/11/09, Nita Searcy <NSEARCY <@t> swmail.sw.org> wrote:

From: Nita Searcy <NSEARCY <@t> swmail.sw.org>
Subject: [Histonet] Finance Question
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 12:20 PM

Any institutions / laboratories where bone marrows are performed have an issue with Bone Marrows and what department gets what revenue / workload, etc.

There are no CPT codes for the "technical work" that is performed by the hematology technicians only the Surgical Pathology charges.  (save for 85097- Bone marrow smear interpretation , a professional charge). Technically speaking, about 1/3 of the technical work is done in hematology and 2/3 in histology but we have a discussion as who is to get the revenue because only one charge master code can be attached to the test.

Frankly, the revenue  stays in the laboratory, but when work stats are performed and cost / test is being evaluated, the administrators want a true cost per test. If there are hundreds of bone marrows, then this revenue can become an issue between hematology and surgical pathology. 


Nita Searcy, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Scott and White Hospital
Division Manager, Anatomic Pathology
2401 S. 31st. Street 
Temple, Texas, 76502
nsearcy <@t> swmail.sw.org


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