AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Cytopathology, 88172, 88173 (Q&A) (December 1998)

December 1998 page 8c Coding Consultation Cytopathology, 88172, 88173 (Q&A) Question When cytotechnologists assist a physician (eg, radiologist) in the performance of fine needle aspiration, what CPT code should I report? AMA Comment The services performed by the cytotechnologist may involve the reporting of two different CPT codes. In the circumstance where the cytotechnologist prepares slides from the needle aspirate and returns these slides to the pathologist who gives a preliminary report regarding specimen adequacy, then CPT code 88172, Evaluation of fine needle aspirate with or without preparation of smears; immediate cytohistologic study to determine adequacy of specimen(s)...

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