Laboratory Question for the Week of January 25, 2016

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


What amount will be paid this year for the new Pap smear codes 88174 and 88175?


For 2016, the national minimum payment amount is $14.39 ($14.38 times the 0.10 percent update) for the following codes: 88142–88154, 88164–88167, G0123, G0143, G0144, G0145, G0147, G0148, and P3000. The following new codes also will receive the national minimum payment amount:

88174 Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation; screening by automated system, under physician supervision

88175 with screening by automated system and manual rescreening or review, under physician supervision

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