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88313 H&E

Heather Posted Thu 24th of October, 2013 16:51:09 PM

We received a biopsy specimen where we cut several slides. Upon evaluation, the pathologist feels it is necessary to order recuts ('88305'), or additional levels in order to finalize his diagnosis. Are these recuts (that must also be stained with H&E ('88313')) or the stains used on those recuts billable?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 25th of October, 2013 17:44:51 PM

No, you cannot bill 88305 for “recuts” of a specimen. The 88305 service includes all slides the pathologist needs to examine to arrive at the diagnosis.
Also, H&E is a standard stain and is not separately billable as 88313.
If the pathologist performs special stains in addition to the 88305 service, you could report the appropriate code, such as 88312 or 88313.

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