Laboratory Question for the Week of December 2, 2019

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


What are the code families for pap smear services?


The following four code families are used for reporting Pap smear services:

  • Thin layer preparation, any system of reporting manual or automated screening (88142, 88143, 88174, 88175)
  • Primary screening by an automated system (88147, 88148)
  • Non-Bethesda reporting (88150–88153)
  • Bethesda System of reporting (88164–88167).

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