[Histonet] correct CPT code

Houston, Ronald Ronald.Houston <@t> nationwidechildrens.org
Mon Aug 9 14:57:21 CDT 2010


I'm specifically referring to visualization of a renal biopsy under a dissecting scope to see if the specimen is adequate for analysis (i.e. are there glomeruli present?) and examining a ciliary biopsy, again under dissecting microscope, to check for the presence of motile cilia

Ronnie Houston
Anatomic Pathology Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus OH 43205
(614) 722 5450
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From: Tench, Bill [mailto:Bill.Tench <@t> pph.org] 
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2010 3:17 PM
To: Houston, Ronald
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Subject: RE: [Histonet] correct CPT code

You need to be more specific about what it is you are doing.  If you are
looking at imprints or smears "intraoperatively" then the correct code
is 88333.  I would say that neither a PA or HT is qualified for this
job, but a cytotech is.  If anyone other than a pathologist does it,
however, you cannot charge for it. 

Bill Tench
Associate Dir. Laboratory Services
Chief, Cytology Services
Palomar Medical Center
555 E. Valley Parkway
Escondido, California  92025
Bill.Tench <@t> pph.org
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Fax: 760-739-2604

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To: 'histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: [Histonet] correct CPT code

How do others code analysis of renal bxs and cilia bxs for specimen
adequacy; and can this be performed by a PA and/or HT who is CLIA
qualified to gross?

I know of 88172, but this is for adequacy of FNA specimens; can you use
88329, pathology consultation during surgery?


Ronnie Houston, MS HT(ASCP)QIHC
Anatomic Pathology Manager

ChildLab, a Division of Nationwide Children's Hospital


700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(P) 614-722-5450
(F) 614-722-2899
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