Re: [Histonet] 88331 and 88332

From:"Chistine Tambasco"

Carolyn - I agrre with you. If there are 2 separte skins, not in the same
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 have
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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