Re: [Histonet] SURVEY

From:"Rebecca Barnhart"

We have billing explosion codes built into our computer system
(Meditech) which contains both the technical and professional changes,
the code explodes out into 2 charges once it hits the billing side.  As
the pathologist signs out the case he enters the correct mnemonic for
the explosion code which crosses over to the billing side at midnight. 
We have like 3 days to post charges before the bill drops and we have an
average of a 24 hour turnaround time.  We only do a few autopsies and
usually the pathologist does not request any additional testing. 
Usually it is a patient that has died in the hospital and all the lab
test are already done and if there are special stains or immuno needed
the hospital pays for them.  

>>> "Weems, Joyce"  1/13/2005 5:51:37 PM >>>
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 pathologists?
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
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax


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