RE: Sentinel nodes

From:"Weems, Joyce" <>

As I understand it - this is one of those specimens that gets bundled. One
charge only.
Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Patricia Karlisch []
	Sent:	Tuesday, November 14, 2000 9:16 AM
	Subject:	Sentinel nodes

	    I have a question about billing for sentinel nodes.  We receive
these from outside hospitals.  Sometimes the requests are for 8-10 blocks
requiring several immunohistochemistry stains.  Each node is received in a
separate block.  Are all 8-10 blocks considered billable?  Is each node
considered a separate specimen?  I would appreciate any help you can give me
on this.  Thanks,

	Patricia Karlisch
	Team Leader, Anatomic Pathology
	Geisinger Medical Laboratories
	GeisingerHealth System, Danville, PA 17822-23-00
	(570) 271-8148

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