RE: [Histonet] 88331 and 88332

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

We bill 88331 for the 1st frozen and 88332 for each additional frozen
even if there are multiple specimens.   We never bill for two 88331's on
the same patient.

Hazel Horn
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor of Histology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
800 Marshall    Slot 820
Little Rock, AR   72202

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Chistine
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 9:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] 88331 and 88332

Carolyn - I agrre with you. If there are 2 separte skins, not in the
container, it should be 88305 X2. Also, if the frozen section is on 2
separate skins it should be 88331 X2. If they are received in the same
container, then that's a different story. Take Care, your friend, Chrssy

P.S. I do all the billing for my Pathologist, I only ask him if I dont
enough info from the CPT quide.

Christine Tambasco, HT (ASCP)
St. Mary's Hospital
Amsterdam, New York
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Demarinis, Carolyn" 
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 9:14 AM
Subject: [Histonet] 88331 and 88332

There seems to be some confusion on what codes to use when multiple
frozens are sent on multiple specimens.

I need some clarification, therefore, I am providing an example.

If two specimens are sent to the lab for frozen section labeled:

A)      left upper eyelid 12 o'clock marker

B)      left upper eyelid

Frozen section diagnosis on A) is basal cell carcinoma at margins.

Frozen section diagnosis on B) is no evident malignancy.

Am I correct in using 88331 x 2 in addition to 88305 x 2?

I am getting billing rejections stating that I should be using 88331 x
1, 88332 x 1, 88305 x 2.

If so, please provide me with appropriate documentation.

Thank you.

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