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Staining question

Heather Posted Mon 27th of January, 2014 13:59:47 PM

Physician is on-site to perform specimen adequacy of a Fine Needle Aspirate specimen. The clinician obtains the specimen, applies the smear to a slide, stains it with a Diff Quik stain and makes the interpretation. Can the on-site physician bill for both the '88172' and the '88313' for the Diff Quik?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 28th of January, 2014 13:15:06 PM

I will let you know soon.

Heather Posted Tue 04th of February, 2014 17:42:44 PM

Were you able to find out anything?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 06th of February, 2014 16:51:22 PM

No. You cannot charge for a standard stain for a preparation. You can only separately charge for additional “special” stains. Diff Quick is a standard preparation for FNA for immediate evaluation, so you should bill only the FNA evalu 88172, and not 88313 for the Diff Quick.

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