Question:

In terms of fine-needle aspirate, how do we bill for every pass the pathologist is asked to review for adequacy?

Answer:

All passes from one fine-needle aspirate procedure are reported as one unit of 88173. However, each pass that the pathologist is asked to evaluate for adequacy is separately billable. Assign 88172 and 88177 if additional adequacy evaluations are performed.

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