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triple stain for prostate biopsy

Cindy Posted Wed 09th of March, 2011 20:24:48 PM

We will be using 88342 in a technical component capacity only. Can we bill x 3 for the technical component, as well as the professional component. (as referenced in an earlier forum on the use of 88342, it was indicated that 88342 should be billed as x 3 per block).

SuperCoder Answered Fri 11th of March, 2011 18:07:32 PM

Code 88342, Immunocytochemistry (including tissue immunoperoxidase), each antibody, is reported once for each antibody applied to a single specimen. The prostate triple stain (also called PIN4) contains three antibodies.

we can bill for 88342 x 3 (per specimen) if a comment is made on the results of the nuclear staining and cytoplasmic staining of the DAB and the staining of the Vulcan red. The key is documentation in the report. This is simple to understand when you rec'd 1 specimen/container.

Cindy Posted Wed 16th of March, 2011 14:10:51 PM

Sanjit - Thanks so much for your reply. Deon

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