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88309 for Tumor

Gladys Posted Thu 18th of February, 2016 09:50:25 AM

The specimen is a testicle (orchiectomy) and it is a benign mass, ICD code D29.22

Would you code an 88305 or an 88309. To me, it would be an 88309, but my supervisor says that an 88309 is for malignant tumor/cancer and not a benign mass. However, the definition of a tumor is a benign OR malignant abnormal growth of tissue. Therefore, an 88309. The CPT book does not specify benign vs malignant, it only says tumor.

Just wanted your opinion on this matter.

Also, same for a colon resection that has a finding of tubulovillous adenoma. This being a benign tumor, would it make it a resection for tumor warranting an 88309?

Thank you!
kelly

SuperCoder Answered Fri 19th of February, 2016 02:46:08 AM

Hi,
You are correct!
Appropriate code for both the scenario would be 88309 as tumor is a benign or malignant abnormal growth of tissue.

Thanks!

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