AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 8 (August)

Pathology and Laboratory: Cytopathology (August 2007)

August 2007 page 15b Coding Communication:Pathology and Laboratory: Cytopathology Question Is it appropriate to report code 88172 if a cytotechnologist performs an assessment for adequacy on a fine needle aspiration without the pathologist? AMA Comment No, code 88172, Cytopathology, evaluation of fine-needle aspirate; immediate cytohistologic study to determine adequacy of specimen(s), describes a physician service, and may not be reported when only a cytotechnologist assesses specimen adequacy. Pathology and Laboratory: Cytopathology (August 2007). CPT® Assistant. 2007; August 2007 page 15b ...

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