Sentinel nodes

From:Patricia Karlisch <>

    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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