[Histonet] cytology core biopsy billing question

Tapper, Sheila J. STapper <@t> smdc.org
Tue Sep 29 10:53:12 CDT 2009

I am wondering how cytology core biopsies are billed in your facility.
We accession our core biopsies as surgical specimens, and are having a
lively discussion amongst our pathologist about how to bill for the
adequacy for these specimens.  

Can we bill an 88329, Intraoperative Consultation for the adequacy the
pathologist is performing?  We do charge an 88333 for the touch preps -
but the docs are split on whether it is appropriate to also bill the
88329 as well. 

Thanks for any information you may offer! 

Sheila Tapper 
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor 
SMDC Laboratory 

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