RE: [Histonet] CPT Code for preparing on slide

From:"Terri Braud"

Ahhhh.....the curse of the Histo billed tests.  The CPT code for Processing, embedding, cutting and H&e's is based solely on the diagnosis of the type of tissue, per specimen, regardless of the number of blocks and slides produced. 
If you are doing this work to be read elsewhere, you might do better to come up with a contracted price, billed through separate invoices. Your financial folks should be able to add to capture your billed tests if you are worried about showing workload.  
If your pathologists are reading the slides, then you will have to bill based on diagnosis.  You can arrange discounted pricing on current pricing through contracts from your hospital billing (if that's the route it takes)  If I can help you negotiate through this, please just give me a call.  Good Luck, T
Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supv.
Laboratory, Holy Redeemer Hospital
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA 19046
(215) 938-3689

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 1:05 PM
Subject: [Histonet] CPT Code for preparing on slide

We may start doing some work for an outside office and I need to create a new billable test.  We would be processing blocks, embedding, cutting, and staining for H&E.  Could anyone share with me what CPT code you use or how you bill it?  Thanks so much.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
=0ALicking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166

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