AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 8 (August)

Pathology & Laboratory, 88161 (Q&A) (August 1997)

August 1997 page 18d Coding Consultation Pathology & Laboratory, 88161 (Q&A) What are "touch preps" and how should touch preps performed as part of pathology consultations during surgery be coded? AMA Comment Cytologic touch or crush preps of tissue are a useful adjunct to frozen section examination. Although these preparations do not replace routine frozen sections, they are often an invaluable supplement in arriving at a diagnosis. For reporting a touch preparation provided in conjunction with frozen section or as a part of intraoperative consultations that do not involve frozen sections, use CPT code 88161, Cytopathology, smears, any...

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