AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 7 (July)

Pathology Consultation: Coding Frozen Sections (July 2000)

July 2000 page 4 Coding Update Pathology Consultation: Coding Frozen Sections During the course of a surgical procedure, a pathology consultation may be required. Pathology consultations during surgery that involve frozen sections are reported with codes 88331 and 88332. 88331Pathology consultation during surgery; with frozen section(s), single specimen 88332each additional tissue block with frozen section(s) Frozen sections are often used for intraoperative, rapid preliminary microscopic diagnoses to guide the operating physician to the most appropriate surgical intervention(s). In code 88331, the phrase "...with frozen section(s), single specimen," has caused some confusion over the intent of the code...

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