AMA CPT® Assistant - 2013 Issue 2 (February)

Surgery: Digestive System (Q&A) (February 2013)

February 2013 page 16b Surgery: Digestive System Question: There is some confusion as to whether the term "brush biopsy" for code 43200, Esophagoscopy, rigid or flexible; diagnostic, with or without collection of specimen(s) by brushing or washing (separate procedure), means that a biopsy was performed. Can you please clarify? Answer: Brushing is not a biopsy. The use of a "brush biopsy" constitutes a brushing or washing, and is reported with code 43200. Surgery: Digestive System (Q&A) (February 2013). CPT® Assistant. 2013; February 2013 page 16b ...

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