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Pathology/Lab Coding Alert

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Capture Each Bone Marrow Biopsy Step

Question: Our pathologist examined an iliac crest bone marrow biopsy following decalcification. The case involved Wright-Giemsa and iron stains, plus flow cytometry for kappa and lambda. How should we code this case? Texas Subscriber Answer: The case you describe involves multiple separate procedures, so you need to be careful to list the code for each step of the bone marrow [...]