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Pathology/Lab Coding Alert


88160-88162: Finally Master These Niche Specimen Codes

Avoid the 5-slide trap. Here’s a code that baffles many new pathology coders, and maybe even some seasoned veterans: 88160 (Cytopathology, smears, any other source; screening and interpretation). Other? Other than what? The answer lies outside the code definition itself, which is why it seems so cryptic to the uninitiated. And 88160 is not the only code with the “other [...]

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