RE: CPT coding

From:"LaFriniere, Mike"


My experience is that they will pay up to 10 CPT codes...check with your
sorce again...not sure if the information you are getting is correct..


Michael LaFriniere
Pathology Manager
Memorial Hospital
Chattanooga TN 37404

-----Original Message-----
From: Priscilla Delventhal []
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 8:05 AM
Subject: CPT coding

I have been informed that medicare will not pay for more than 4 of the
same CPT codes on a patient per visit.  For instance more than 4
prostate biopsies will result in payment for only 4 biopsies even
though more than 4 were submitted.  The same with sampling more than 4
sites for colon bxs, etc.  I suppose this is to make these type of
procedures more uniform in cost, but it would seem like the wrong
people are being regulated as the anatomic pathology lab has to process
what is submitted by the surgeon.  Color coding the sites would bring
down the number of cassettes, but I find embedding more than 4-6 colon
bxs per cassette very tedious and time consuming.  Is this just a local
medicare ruling or is everyone dealing with this limitation?

Priscilla D. in Wyoming

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