Laboratory Question for the Week of June 17, 2024

Question:

When interpreting a bone marrow biopsy, which code should be reported, and what additional code should be used if a cell block is prepared from the aspirated material and processed in the histology laboratory?

Answer:

Because the interpretation of the bone marrow biopsy is included in code 88305, as a type of surgical pathology specimen that is processed in the histology laboratory, the additional code 88305 is also reported. If a cell block is also prepared from the aspirated material, and the clot is processed as a cell block in the histology laboratory, the additional code 88305 is also reported.

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