AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2007 Issue 1

Reporting biopsies from a facility perspective

Abiopsy is defined as the removal of small amounts of tissue for laboratory examination to assist in the diagnosing of disease. Biopsies are performed as a diagnostic aid in disease processes such as infections. They are also performed to help determine whether a tumor is malignant or benign. Biopsy specimens can be obtained by several different techniques depending on the specific tissue or organ requiring study. Basically, biopsies can be performed on any organ in the body using a variety of techniques. For coding purposes, it is important that the code identifies the biopsy site and the biopsy technique...

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