Re: [Histonet] 88342 regulation comiserations

From:"Richard Cartun"

Is this for metastatic melanoma?  If so, what is in your cocktail?

Richard Cartun

>>> "Dawson, Glen"  04/21/04 03:45PM >>>


I'm not looking for a quote on the rules and regulations on how and why
one 88342 can be billed on multiple sub-numbers from the same specimen.
am, however, going to share an example of how this rule can harm
today's IHC

I just received a request for a 3 antibody cocktail to be performed on
blocks A1 thru A10 from a given surgical case.  While doing this work,
really ate at me that, due to the current IHC billing policies, my lab
be reimbursed one 88342 for what amounts to 10 88342's, not to mention
there is triple the amount of usual antibody in this cocktail.  That's
88342's and 27 antibody applications that my lab gets to eat.  When I
of all the sentinel node protocols that I perform which inevitably
multiple blocks from the same specimen it starts to worry me.  If I get
more pathologist who is gun-shy about possible liabilities that may
arise if
they don't cover all the blocks in a given specimen or flat out refuses
pick a representative block based on the morphology staring them in the
on the H&E I think I'll have to declare bankrupcy.

I know we all have cases like this to talk about but I just had to
vent.  I
am a firm believer that a lab should be able to charge for X number of
when X number of IHC's are performed.  If the pathologist is worried
professional fee's associated with it, I think there should be a method
charge for just the additional technical work done.

I do have one question related to this rambling babble.  What is the
number of IHC's that  you were unable to bill for due to this rule. 
Mine: a
dermatopatholgist ordered a cytokeratin on blocks A1 thru A16 on me.

I'll shut up now,

Glen Dawson BS, HT & QIHC
Lead IHC Technologist
Milwaukee, WI

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