Re: Sentinel nodes

From:Denise Bland-Piontek <>

Just an FYI the CAP is coming out with a new rule for sentinel nodes for 2001 that will allow you to bill more. I don't know the specifics yet. You can call the CAP at 1-800-323-4040, press 0 for the operator and ask for Leslie. She's great for any coding questions! Hope this helps!

Denise Bland-Piontek, HTL (ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Research Lab
University of Minnesota
Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology

Patricia Karlisch wrote:

> Histonetters:
>     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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