[Histonet] C.P.T. CODING (RE: Decals)

From:"Luck, Greg D."

Hello all,
Quick question.  How should "Decal's" (i.e. CPT code 88311) be assessed.  My
interpretation is that the code is an add on and should be per specimen in
conjunction with it's overlying primary surgical pathology code rather than
per case.   It seems to me it's written in somewhat ambiguous language in
the CPT coding manual and I'd be interested in input either definitive or
your current/prior operational practice.  Thanks, Greg
Greg Luck, BS, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Deaconess Medical Center
800 W. 5th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone 509.473.7077
Fax 509.473.7133

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