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Pathology/Lab Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Solidify Your Hip Joint Code Choices

Question: The pathologist examined four bone fragments in a single container from the hip joint (femur and acetabulum) and diagnosed pathologic fracture. Should we bill this as a hip-joint specimen exam? Ohio Subscriber Answer: No, you should not bill the case as a joint resection (88305, Level IV--Surgical pathology, gross and microscopic examination,… joint, resection…). Instead, you should bill a single unit [...]