RE: [Histonet] CPT code 88172 for FNA cases

From:"Weems, Joyce"

That is our understanding.

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Kari
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 11:44 AM
Subject: [Histonet] CPT code 88172 for FNA cases

How are other cytology departments charging for the cytotech performing the assessment for adequacy on FNA specimens?  According to an article in the CAP today from Sep 06, 88172 can only be used if the pathologist renders the adequacy assessment.  So does the cytotech not get to bill/charge for their time and technical skills for this task?  For FNA's done by a cytotech or histotech, is 88173 (interpretation and report) the only charge?
Thank you for your assistance!
Kari Breal
Histology Supervisor
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
847-437-5500 ext. 5155
Fax 847-981-2023

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