Laboratory Question for the Week of April 17, 2017

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What code is assigned for the following procedure? A patient undergoes a bronchoscopy. Cytology specimens are col­lected from the left upper and left lower lobes.

Answer:

The following code would be billed twice; once with modifier 59 appended to indicate distinct specimens were collected, processed, and interpreted.

88112 Cytopathology, selective cellular enhancement technique with interpretation (e.g., liquid based slide preparation method), except cervical or vaginal

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