Laboratory Question for the Week of February 12, 2024


For code 88141, does the reporting system used by the physician for the interpretation of pap smears impact the code selection?


Use add-on code 88141 when the physician interprets the Pap smear with any reporting system. In this case, typically, the cytologist or cytotechnician has already interpreted the initial screening of the smear to be abnormal, showing suspicious cells, malignant cells, atypical cells of undetermined significance, or cellular changes simulating epithelial cell abnormality such as repair, radiation effect, and cellular changes associated with viral infection.

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