AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 9 (September)

Surgical Pathology (September 2000)

September 2000 page 10c Coding Consultation Pathology, Surgical, 88300-88309 (Q&A) Question If two skin lesions are submitted together and are not separately identified, would this be reported as one or two specimens? AMA Comment The unit of service for the surgical pathology codes 88300-88309 is the specimen. A specimen is defined as tissue(s) that is (are) submitted for individual and separate attention, requiring individual examination and pathologic diagnosis. Therefore, when material received for pathologic examination comprises multiple specimens, each specimen is considered a single unit of service and should be reported using a single code. For example, if...

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