[Histonet] Question regarding retrospective testing

Weems, Joyce K. Joyce.Weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org
Wed Aug 29 11:44:21 CDT 2012

If I understand correctly....(and this is how we do it)

A case is considered "archived" after 30 days. Within that 30 days, you bill the same account, which adds late charges.

IF the case is pulled for a review to perform MOLECULAR testing, you can charge an 88363 for that review at any time for that review. (Our pathologists add an addendum stating Dr. So and So requested KRAS, EGFR - etc. which documents the charge.)

After 30 days we have the case registered and the case is billed on the new registration if stains are done inhouse.

Hope this makes sense... j

Joyce Weems
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Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:05 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Question regarding retrospective testing

I know that this had been discussed before, but I believe regulations have changed and I need to find out what other laboratories are currently doing when it comes to retrospective testing (histochemical stains, IHC, molecular testing, etc.) on cytology and surgical pathology specimens that have already been "signed-out".

When can you add the result(s) and bill the test(s) to the original pathology report versus re-accessioning the specimen (with a new date-of-service) and reporting and billing under the new accession number?



Richard W. Cartun, MS, PhD
Director, Histology & Immunopathology
Director, Biospecimen Collection Programs Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology Hartford Hospital
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