AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2012 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Appropriate Coding of Pathology Specimens

The patient has a diagnosis of breast cancer and had an extensive re-excision of a segmental mastectomy site of the previous surgery. According to the pathology report, there were 7 frozen sections and 5 actual breast re-excision specimens. We were told to use CPT code 88331 x 7 and 88332 x 5. Please let us know how these specimens should be coded. ...

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