Reprinted from DATE CAP TODAY
Q: Can I use code 10021, Fine needle aspiration; without imaging
guidance, per pass when I perform a superficial FNA?
A: Report code 10021 for the aspiration of each lesion or different
site, not for each pass involved in the aspiration procedure. Do not use
code 10021 to report assistance by another physician. Only the physician
who collects the specimen should report this code.
Q: Our laboratory occasionally receives specimens for electron microscopy.
What code should we report if, after we perform and stain thick sections,
we determine that electron microscopy cannot be performed?
A: If after you have performed and stained thick sections you
determine that electron microscopy cannot be performed, report the appropriate
EM code (88348, Electron microscopy; diagnostic, or 88349, Electron
microscopy; scanning) with the -52 modifier, Reduced Services.
Using this modifier will allow you to report that part of the service
was reduced while preserving the identification of the basic service.
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