Re: Decals/charging

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From:"Barbara Davies" <> (by way of Marvin Hanna)
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Barbara Davies/Histology/MEMHOSPCS

Decal charge is charged per specimen.  The word 'specimen' is the key here.
The CPT4 code book defines a specimen as "tissue or tissues that is (are)
submitted for individual and separate attention, requiring individual
examination and pathologic diagnosis."   For instance, if you have a femoral
head cut it into 5 specimens and decal each, it should be allowed only one
charge, However, if you have a fragment of femur, a fragment of tibia, a
fragment of knee  and decaled them all there could be 3 decal charges.

Barb Davies

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