Re: Special Stain Billing

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Ann asks:

>>I have a question I hope someone can answer for me.  We are a bit confused
what CPT code to assign for a PAS that is done for Fungus.  Should it be
billed for the Fungal stain, or for Pas  (883121,883131).  Also, what code is
to be assigned for a Quik Dip stain (we routinely do them on all
gastric/esophageal biopsies).<<

I presume codes 88312 (bugs) and 88313 (everything else) are meant here.

You might check what you're charging - if the two charges are the same, it
probably doesn't make any difference.

I'd certainly call the "Quik Dip" (what's that?) stain 88312, and probably
the PAS done for fungus also.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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