AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 12 (December)

Laboratory and Pathology (Q&A) (December 2011)

December 2011 page 17a Laboratory and Pathology Question 1: Based on the descriptor language "requiring interpretation by physician," may code 88141, Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), requiring interpretation by physician, be reported by the attending physician (eg, gynecologist) when medically indicated? Carolyn Kent, MBA, MT (ASCP) Answer 1: From a CPT coding perspective, it is appropriate for a physician to report code 88141 for physician interpretation of a Pap test, which is interpreted as abnormal by personnel performing the initial screening, including those interpreted as showing suspicious or malignant cells, those showing epithelial cell abnormality (eg...

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