AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 5 (May)

Pathology and Laboratory: Cytogenetic Studies [Q & A] (May 2011)

May 2011 page 10c Pathology and Laboratory: Cytogenetic Studies Question: Is it appropriate to report code 88262, Chromosome analysis; count 15-20 cells, 2 karyotypes, with banding, two or more times if a total of 40 cells were identified? Answer: No. The intent of code 88262 is that a study should be aimed at a patient with yet-to-be-determined abnor-malities that typically require 15 to 20 cells to be analyzed. Code 88262 would be reported once, and the additional cells to be scored would be reported with code 88285, Chromosome analysis; additional cells counted, each study. Code 88285 does not specify...

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