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Pathology/Lab Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Zero in on FNA Unit of Service

Question: How should I code the procedure when our pathologist extracts an FNA of left thyroid lobe nodule and an FNA of thyroid isthumus nodule? Arkansas Subscriber Answer: Without more detail, the best coding would probably be 10021 (Fine needle aspiration biopsy, without imaging guidance; first lesion) and +10004 (… each additional lesion…). Imaging: Because you don’t mention imaging guidance (or lack [...]