tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 1

You Be the Coder: Decipher This Biopsy Scenario

Question: What CPT®code should I report for a "fine needle" prostate biopsy procedure? Oregon Subscriber Answer: When using a needle to sample the prostate gland, a surgeon might take one of two paths. First, he might take a prostate needle biopsy (PNB) specimen - a small piece of tissue extracted through a hollow-core needle. Or, he might take a fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimen - a fluid "aspirate" of cells extracted from the organ through a small needle. Depending upon the needle procedure, you would report one of the following codes: 55700 (Biopsy, prostate; needle or punch, single...

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