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SuperCoder Posted Wed 07th of May, 2014 08:59:00 AM

The patient had a needle biopsy of the prostate was performed and 6 specimens were sent to the pathology for examination. Should I use G0416 for interpretation of the specimens.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 08th of May, 2014 08:10:01 AM

No. You should report 88305x6 for the exam of six prostate needle biopsy specimens. Use G0416 for Medicare beneficiaries when the pathologist examines 10-20 specimens. That’s a change from past years when G0416 described specimens only from prostate saturation biopsies — the code definition has changed.

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