[Histonet] Billing IHC on MOHS

Ingles Claire CIngles <@t> uwhealth.org
Thu Jun 14 14:32:52 CDT 2012

Is this per "Specimen" or per surgical site. Mohs specimens are usually cut into smaller pieces and inked after the excision is removed. I would think this constitutes x# of blocks from the same specimen. Same as an excision that is breadloafed into separate sections. I don't think it matters who does the cutting, although when we send these to path for permenents they are logged in a separate specimens but only measured, never breadloafed.  Is it more dependent on how it is received in the lab even though the end result is still the same? 


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To: 'Carol Torrence'; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Billing IHC on MOHS

If each location is identified as a separate specimen, you can bill per specimen, is the way I understand it.

Received separately - 88342 x 4

3:00 margin - A
6:00 margin - B
9:00 margin - C
12:00 margin - D

If one specimen is received and divided into separate cassettes  - 88342 x 1
A1 - 3:00 margin
A2 - 6:00 margin
A3 - 9:00 margin
A4 - 12:00 margin

Best, $1,783.00

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
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678-843-7831 Fax
joyce.weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org

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Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:37 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Billing IHC on MOHS

I have a question about billing IHC on MOHS.  When I go through the coding rules..I can defend it either way... I think. Ha!  If you are doing the same antibody on one site with 5 individual zones, taking 5 independently labeled
slides and each zone requires evaluation before continuing surgery.   Do you
charge 88342 times 5 or just once.  I understand it would be just once if this was a routine surgical specimen but this is a horse of a different color.

For example.  Even for frozen sections performed during surgery, additional margins can be charged as additional frozen sections.

Thanks in advance!

Carol M. Torrence, HT(ASCP)CM

ctorrence <@t> kmcpa.com

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