College of American Pathologists

  Code clarification


Reprinted from September 1999 CAP TODAY

The Health Care Financing Administration has clarified that two pathology services are physician services payable under the Medicare physician fee schedule.

CPT 88291 (cytogenetics and molecular cytogenetics, interpretation and report) and 88141 (physician interpretation of a Pap test) are payable for patient services in all settings--hospital and nonhospital patients--retroactive to Jan. 1, 1999. HCFA, in earlier notices, had declared 88291 as not payable on the physician fee schedule and failed to include 88141 as a payable on the schedule.