You Be the Coder: 'Exostosis' Definition Leads Code Choice

Question: The pathologist received a specimen from surgery for a heel bone spur. The lab processed the specimen in one cassette following decalcification. What is the correct specimen for “bone spur?”

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 3:07 am

Reader Question: Look to Signs and Symptoms for Lab Tests

Question: When we get orders for a clinical lab test, can we use “symptoms” to assign the diagnosis code? Supercoder Subscriber Answer: Yes, when a physician [...]

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 3:07 am

Reader Question: Focus Genetic Counseling Following Molecular Testing

Question: As a molecular pathology lab, can we provide a service for genetic counseling? If so, how should we code the procedure? Supercoder Subscriber Answer: [...]

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 3:07 am

HIPAA: 3 Steps Keep BAA Compliance Costs Down

Get needed agreements on file in your lab. If one of your lab’s business associates (BA) is involved in a HIPAA breach, having an appropriate agreement in [...]

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 3:07 am

Immuno-diagnostics: Clear the 'Multiplex' Hurdle for Correct Code Selection

Make sure you know latest CCI instruction. If you’re still talking about “cocktails” in your lab, you need to get your lingo and your coding up-to-date. [...]

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 3:07 am

ICD-10 2018: Get Ready to Implement New Dx Codes October 1

Keep up-to-date for future quality pay. Allow our experts to unpack the latest ICD-10-CM changes to make sure you stay abreast of new diagnosis coding that will [...]

Posted on: 11 July 2017 | 2:07 am

Reader Question: Mohs Means 1 Physician, 2 Services

Question: Our dermatopathologist removed a squamous cell carcinoma from the patient’s nose and processed it in three blocks, examined the tissue, and found the margins were not clear. The dermatopathologist proceeded [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Reader Question: Find Specific CF Test and Dx Codes

Question: Our lab received an order for a direct sputum acid-fast stain and culture in a patient who has cystic fibrosis with pulmonary exacerbation. The culture identifies Mycobacteria pneumoniae. What are [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Reader Question: Learn This TC/26 Modifier Trick

Question: Our lab analyst performed a polarized light-microscopy exam of synovial fluid from a patient’s knee to evaluate for gout, but a pathologist who is not part of our lab interpreted [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Reader Question: Dictate Breast Cancer Diagnosis to 7th Digit

Question: The pathologist examined a breast mass from a 42-year-old male. The surgical report described the location of the mass as the right nipple and areola. The pathologist diagnosed infiltrating ductal [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am