[Histonet] billing for breast cases

DKBoyd <@t> chs.net DKBoyd <@t> chs.net
Wed Dec 29 11:54:16 CST 2010

My understanding is:  Inked margins (on any specimen type) are 88307. 
Doesn't specify who inks the margin.

Debbie M. Boyd, HT(ASCP) l Chief Histologist l Southside Regional Medical 
Center I 
200 Medical Park Boulevard l Petersburg, Va.  23805 l T: 804-765-5050 l F: 
804-765-5582 l dkboyd <@t> chs.net

"Hutton, Allison" <AHutton <@t> dh.org> 
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12/29/2010 12:35 PM

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[Histonet] billing for breast cases

A debate has arisen and I am looking to histonet for a more definitive 
answer.  We have a breast surgeon who, after he removes the lumpectomy 
specimen, always goes back and removes more tissue around the margins of 
the lumpectomy.  Our question is how should these additional margins be 
charged.  Currently we charge an 88305 for each of the additional margins 
(there are no sutures indicating any orientation, however, one can 
determine the old and new margins).  Is 88305 the correct charge in this 
situation or should they be higher at an 88307?
Thank you in advance,
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