Re: [Histonet] C.P.T. CODING (RE: Decals)
you are correct. It is an additional charge. However, be careful. If 3 decal
blocks are submitted on one specimen, you can only charge 1 88311. If there
are 3 different specimens, and all get decaled, you can charge for 3 88311.
Joe Nocito BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX
----- Original Message -----
From: "Luck, Greg D."
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 3:08 PM
Subject: [Histonet] C.P.T. CODING (RE: Decals)
> Hello all,
> Quick question. How should "Decal's" (i.e. CPT code 88311) be assessed.
> 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
> 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)
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