AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Endobronchial Biopsy and Transbronchial Biopsy

A bronchoscopy is performed, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial washings and cytology brushings were obtained in the right upper lobe bronchus; endobronchial biopsies and transbronchial biopsies from the right upper lobe; and bronchoalveolar lavage samples were obtained from the left lower lobe. Should the BAL and brushings be separately coded? ...

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