tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 9

Procedure Coding: Pinpoint 3 Things for Complete Fine Needle Aspiration Claims

Hint: Confirm units and check for biopsy. When coding fine needle aspirations with 10022 (Fine needle aspiration; with imaging guidance), knowing how many units to report and how to code any biopsy work are your keys to reimbursement. Get started with this fine needle aspiration example. The physician performed a fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the right thyroid and separate FNA of a nodule of the right thyroid isthmus. The pathology report shows that “Both specimens were inadequate for diagnosis.” Following this, you learn that the physician immediately performed a right thyroid core biopsy and a core...

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