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aspiration of cyst biopsy

Terri Posted Sat 27th of August, 2016 14:15:28 PM
my provider performed an aspiration of cyst. 18 gauge needle was used and sent out for pathology and biopsy I am needing to find the correct biopsy CPT to bill out. Please help and thanks as always
SuperCoder Answered Mon 29th of August, 2016 05:34:52 AM

Hi Cindy,

Please provide the anatomic area of the cyst to help you with an appropriate code. Thank you.


Terri Posted Mon 29th of August, 2016 16:41:09 PM
The cyst is located on top of the right foot. Our provider aspirated a clear fluid from the cyst utilizing an 18 gauge needle. I needed to know which biopsy CPT I should use for this type of service. As always I really appreciate your help and thank you.
SuperCoder Answered Tue 06th of September, 2016 03:30:29 AM

Hi Cindy,

Since your provider did an aspiration and not the biopsy procedure, so there is no need to bill the biopsy code. Bill only for aspiration procedure code. Pathologist will bill for testing procedure for the biopsy sample you sent.

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