RE: [Histonet] SURVEY

From:"Christine Tambasco"

   We have a small hospital that uses Meditech computer software. When we
   enter  the specimen it is automatically connected  to the CPT code and
   we daily print the patient billing list that pulls up that code. We do
   alter it  after  reading  the  final  diagnosis  if it turns out to be
   incorrect  or  to add special stain CPT codes. Our turn around time is
   typically 1 day and the billing dept automatically gets the codes thru
   the  computer.   Our Pathologist is not paid for hospital autopsies as
   he  is  paid  just to be the laboratory director. The county, however,
   pays for coroners cases and no extra fees are charged by the hospital.
   It's just a courtesy thing I quess. Good Luck!

   Christine Tambasco, HT (ASCP)

   St. Mary's Hospital

   427 Guy Park Ave.

   Amsterdam, New York 12010


            From: "Weems, Joyce" 
   >To: "Histonet" 
   >Subject: [Histonet] SURVEY
   >Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 17:51:37 -0500
   >Two questions for "O ye wise ones"
   >1.  Do  you  all,  especially  hospitals, match technical CPT billing
   >with  your pathologist's professional billing codes? And
   >      if   so,   how   do  you  do  this?  Who  does  this?  Do  your
   >Is it done before or after diagnosis? How do you meet the
   >      hospital billing window?
   >  2.  When  your  pathologist  is  paid  to  perform autopsies by the
   >does the fee include lab testing or does the hospital
   >      pay additional monies to  the  pathologist to cover cost of
   >immunos, special stains, cultutes, drug screens, etc.?
   >As always, thanks for your help. j:>)
   >Joyce Weems
   >Pathology Manager
   >Saint Joseph's Hospital
   >5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
   >Atlanta, GA 30342
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