AMA CPT® Assistant - 1991 Issue 4 (April)

Pathology Coding Changes for CPT 1992 (Winter 1991)

Winter 1991 pages 18-20 Pathology Coding Changes for CPT 1992 CPT 1992 includes a surgical pathology coding revision that for codes 88300-88309 assigns pathology specimens to specific CPT codes. Specimen assignments are based on pathology specimen-to-code designations used by Harvard University in their recently completed study of physician service relative values. A reiterative consensus process was used to expand the Harvard assignments to more than 170 common pathology specimens. Previous editions of CPT required definition of such terms as "uncomplicated," "complex" and "anatomic site." These terms are no longer part of the coding nomenclature. Instead, code content...

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