Laboratory Question for the Week of November 12, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


Are there specific types of specimen samples covered by code 88108—cytopathology, concentration technique, smears and interpretation (e.g., Saccomanno technique)?


Cytopathology, concentration technique (88108) (such as Saccomanno, cytocentrifugation, and cytospins) may involve many different types of specimen samples. For example, bronchial, cervicovaginal, and conjunctival brushings; nipple discharge; sputum; and gastrointestinal epithelial cell specimens may require concentration before a smear can be prepared. Concentration techniques are often combined with smears and filter preparations to identify malignant cells.

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