Reader Question: Watch for Microscopy Procedure with Lung Biopsy

Question: Our pathologist evaluated lung biopsy slides stained with toluidine blue using CTEM. How should we code this? Oklahoma Subscriber Answer: Because the pathologist [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Classify Megacolon With C. diff

Question: The pathologist examined a colon resection and diagnosed dilated toxic colon due to infection with Clostridium difficile. What is the correct diagnosis coding for this case?

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

You Be the Coder: Capture Nail Matrix Biopsy Work

Question: We received a toenail matrix biopsy for melanoma, which the pathologist examined using S-100 staining on each of two blocks. How should we code the case?

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Know Panel Code Limitations

Question: The lab received an order for blood levels of the following components: albumin, total calcium, chloride, creatinine, glucose, phosphate, potassium, sodium, BUN, and pH. Should [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Focus Fetal Exam Coding

Question: The pathologist examined a fetus from a spontaneous abortion; the patient was carrying twins, and the second twin remains. The fetus did not show any abnormalities. I’ve been [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Drug Testing 2017: Avoid Pitfalls in CPT® and CMS Drug Screen Updates

Beware CLIA-waived confusion. If your lab performs drug testing, you might already be using some new CPT® codes in place of other deleted CPT® and [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Quality Payment Program: Know Which Measures Your Pathologists Can Turn To

Expect few changes since PQRS. If you don’t know these pathology “quality measures,” you should get on them now to ensure that your pathologists get [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

MACRA Update: FAQ's Target Quality Reporting For Your Pathology Practice

Move seamlessly from PQRS to MIPS As 2017 gets underway, quality reporting is here in a big way that you can’t afford to ignore. Understanding [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Tackle 'Cloud' Vs. 'Client Server' Issues

Question: We’re considering going to “cloud” storage for our Electronic Health Records (EHR), and would like to know the pros and cons of that option compared to our current [...]

Posted on: 24 January 2017 | 6:01 am

Reader Question: Check Diagnosis Before Assigning Uterus Exam Code

Question: For a pathology exam of a uterus specimen in which the pathologist diagnosis “high grade hyperplasia,” should we report 88307? What is the proper diagnosis code?

Posted on: 24 January 2017 | 6:01 am