Placenta

From:RSRICHMOND@aol.com

Cathy Stevens in Aurora (where?) notes again:

>>We do an average of 300 births a month and receive all placentas. If 
certain criteria are met then they are micro'd. Otherwise they are embedded and 
filed.<<

In other words, every yucky mess gets grossed - the time-consuming part - and 
five or so blocks embedded but not cut? And the laboratory (and pathologist) 
get to bill for a gross-only examination (88300) rather than for the full 
examination (88307)? Who does the grossing in this arrangement, and is it done 
well enough to stand up in court?

Indeed, I've seen this embed-only policy advocated before, but I've never 
understood how you get paid for it.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN
RSRICHMOND@aol.com



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