RE: [Histonet] CPT coding for IHC

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

I would bill "c".    12 immuno's.

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dawson, Glen [] 
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 3:19 PM
Subject: [Histonet] CPT coding for IHC


I am in need of some clarification.  Please let me know which answer you
would chose for the following scenario.

A pathologist orders a CD3, CD20, CD15 & CD30 on blocks A1, A4, B2 & C2 from
case S04-100. So 16 total IHC stains are performed on this case.  In coding
for this one would you chose:

A) 88342 X 16 to cover all IHC's done.

B) 88342 X 4 to cover the 4 different IHC's done.

C) 88342 X 12 to avoid double billing on the "A" subnumber.

I have been told that each one of these was the correct answer depending on
who I am asking at the time.  My confusion cup runneth over.


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

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