RE: CPT code for TOUCH PREPS????

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According to CAP's Professional and Economic Affairs Committee, the CPT code
88161 (a generic code for a non-GYN, any other source specimen, that is both
prepared, screened, and interpreted) is the code to be used for a smear and
may be used in addition to the pathology consultation during surgery (codes
88329, 88331 and 88332) 
Reference:  CAP TODAY, February, 1999
I hope that this is helpful.
Debbie J. Siena
NSH Legislative Chairperson
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX 75246

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From: hittson []
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2000 7:50 PM
Subject: CPT code for TOUCH PREPS????

Dear Histonetters, 

While we are on the topic of CPT coding, I am still looking for a good CPT
code for touch preps taken from a fresh specimen in connection with a
surgical tissue diagnosis, such as for a lymph node biopsy (usually coded
as 88305). I don't think it should be the same as FNA interpretation
(88173). Maybe 88104? 	Any suggestions?

Jeff Hittson, M.D. - pathologist
Valley Pathology Services, Palmer Alaska

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