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CodeMap Compliance Briefing: 8/05/05


 

Editor's Welcome:

A number of readers have asked questions concerning the difference between bone marrow and bone biopsies and how these procedures and the associated pathology services are coded. In response, this week we will discuss these procedures and how to assign the appropriate CPT codes.  Please continue to send us your questions and suggestions for future CodeMap Compliance Briefings.

Sincerely,

Charles B. Root, Ph.D.

Coding Bone and Bone Marrow Biopsies and Aspirations

Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration Procedures

The following CPT code describes a biopsy of the bone marrow using a needle or trocar when a core of bone marrow is withdrawn.

38221   Bone marrow biopsy, needle or trocar

The interpretation of the bone marrow biopsy should be reported with surgical pathology code 88305. If both staining and interpretation are performed, 88305 is repor....

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