Re: strange question: storage of bone flaps


We have allowed surgery to use our freezer for storage of bone specimens
held for future surgeries  , but surgery  was responsible for the entire
process of labeling and banking the specimens and all the rest of that
'good stuff' that is involved.  We were never involved with the charges,  I
can check with surgery to see what thyey did with billing issues.


"Garza-Williams, Sara" 

"Garza-Williams, Sara"  on 01/24/2002
11:58:58 AM

To:   "''" ,
      "''" , 'Barbara Davies'

Subject:  strange question: storage of bone flaps

I have a strange or odd question for the group:

Is there an institution, hospital,  histo lab or clinical lab that receives
and stores bone flaps from patients, which are then surgically returned to
the patient?
My questions are concerning the charges to the patient; How do you charge
the patient for storage (-80) and the logging it, inventory and all that
good stuff that goes into banking autologous material?  If so what CPT code
do you use and if I could ask how much ($)?

Also, just for comparison sake:  How do you store your specimens? Sterile
container, sterile towels, labeling?

I would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions and input.....

Sara A. Williams
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor

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