[Histonet] Billing IHC on MOHS
marktarango <@t> gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 03:22:13 CDT 2012
I'm trying to think this through. Like Will said, if it can be shown that
you can charge immunos per block... I thought we could only charge IHC per
specimen these days. Wouldn't each stage be a different specimen? I would
think billing per block of the same stage would be over charging. Why
would the logic change because this is MOHS? It is still the same
pathology billing code after all (88342). I would also think that if this
situation is coming up often that someone is having trouble reading the
On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, William Chappell wrote:
> Well, I don't know if that settles that.
> I haven't responded, because I have not worked for a Mohs
> dermatopahtologist who runs Immunos (I have worked at numerous Mohs
> laboratories), however, this explanation is contradictory. "Each stain is
> reported only once per block, not per slide or per layer (stage)." Yet the
> definition of a block, "Tissue flattened by cutting into pieces, embedded,
> and frozen in mounting medium used by histotechnologists to embed tissue
> for frozen sections." Every stage represent a new block in which slides
> are cut. These two statements are contradictory and need clarification.
> Now, my own opinion (again I have talked with my dermatopathologist and
> billing specialist and they are as lost as we) is that by definition, Mohs
> is a frozen section diagnosis that must be made by the surgeon (i.e., for a
> Mohs to be a mohs the surgeon removing the tissue must diagnose the tissue
> -- look it up). Every section taken, at every stage is a separate block of
> the same case. In the event you can charge immunos per case, only one
> charge can be made. If it can be shown that immunos can be charged per
> block (per the definition below), every immuno on every block from every
> stage can be charged.
> Now for the practicality -- we always start questions like this because
> medicare sets standards for billing that other insurance companies then
> adopt. We should NEVER ask, "what can we charge for," but should always
> ask, "what work did we do that it is fair for a patient to pay for."
> Ignore what medicare and insurance companies say, bill clients for the
> work we perform and for the results they get. How much more raw cost is
> there in staining two Mohs blocks with the same immuno? Is it fair to
> charge a patient double the amount for MUCH less than twice the work?
> Will Chappell HTL(ASCP), QIHC
> On Jun 19, 2012, at 9:15 PM, Kim Donadio wrote:
> > Great team work! Job well done and a absolute answer is given.
> > Thank you
> > ________________________________
> > From: Carol Torrence <ctorrence <@t> kmcpa.com>
> > To: 'Kim Donadio' <one_angel_secret <@t> yahoo.com>
> > Cc: "'Weems, Joyce K.'" <Joyce.Weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org>; 'Ingles
> Claire' <CIngles <@t> uwhealth.org>; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:10 PM
> > Subject: RE: [Histonet] Billing IHC on MOHS
> > The following is the response I recived from a coding specialist at the
> American Academy of Dermatology. I am trying not to be concerned that the
> reference is 6 years old but I think it clears up what we thought to be
> > 88342 for IHC
> > 88314 other “special stains”
> > Here is the description for 88314 according to November 2006 cpt
> Assistant article, the companion piece to the AMA CPT Code Book.
> > The work of processing and interpreting one routine stain is included in
> the procedure 17311- 17315. This stain is usually hematoxylin and eosin, or
> toluidine blue. If other special stains are necessary after one routine
> stain, then the code for special stains may be used (88314) as well as
> immunoperoxidase stains (88342) or decalcification procedures (88311).
> Special stains are not typically used and in most Mohs practices are of low
> frequency. Each stain is reported only once per block, not per slide or per
> layer (stage).
> > AMA CPT definition of a Block:Tissue flattened by cutting into pieces,
> embedded, and frozen in mounting medium used by histotechnologists to embed
> tissue for frozen sections.
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