AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 7 (July)

Pathology and Laboratory, 88307 (Q&A) (July 1999)

July 1999 page 10d Coding Consultation Pathology and Laboratory, 88307 (Q&A) Question If the laboratory receives a specimen labeled "right breast" from a patient undergoing a simple mastectomy, and then 60 minutes later receives a second specimen from the same patient, labeled right breast (containing additional breast tissue), how should I report the examination of the second specimen? AMA Comment Based on the surgical pathology guidelines in CPT, a specimen is defined as tissue or tissues submitted for individual and separate attention, requiring individual examination and pathologic diagnosis. Two or more such specimens from the same patient are...

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