RE: [Histonet] CPT coding for IHC

From:"Pat Zeitlow"

Assuming the different blocks are not a "single specimen" C would be the
correct answer.  If the blocks represent a "single specimen" B is the
correct answer.

-----Original Message-----
From: Weems, Joyce [] 
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 3:38 PM
To: 'Dawson, Glen';
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CPT coding for IHC

Correct answer is "C". What do I win?

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Dawson,
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 4:19 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
case S04-100.
So 16 total IHC stains are performed on this case.  In coding for this
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
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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