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Vegetable matter

Gladys Posted Wed 30th of November, 2016 13:14:48 PM
Hello. We have some conflicting information regarding vegetable/fecal matter on a colon biopsy. If you have 5 colon specimens and one comes back as no colon tissue, vegetable matter only, what would you use as the CPT code. I have some pathologists who say 88300 gross only because no colon tissue found. But I have some pathologists that say there is still microscopic work involved to determine it is not colon tissue. Can you clarify for me? Thanks Kelly
SuperCoder Answered Thu 01st of December, 2016 02:05:02 AM

Greetings from SuperCoder.com!

 

In Level I category, there are two kinds of specimens:

 

  1. Tissue that should not even be sent to pathology but for anyhow these have been sent to pathology.
  2. Specimen designated for “gross only” evaluation.

 

Vegetable/fecal matter can be identified by gross exam only and there is no need to perform microscopic exam.

 

Please feel free to write if you have any further questions.

 

Thanks.

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