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Fine Needle Aspirations

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Pathologists and surgeons use fine needle aspirations to perform biopsies, which require minimal surgical intervention and may be less invasive and less expensive than more extensive surgical procedures. This presentation discusses how this could prompt faster diagnostic results when a cell block is not provided and how it’s a preferred method over more extensive surgical options. The different CPT® codes used for billing these procedures and guidelines are complex and often times confusing to the surgeons and pathologists.

You Will Learn:
Fine needle aspiration interventions for performing biopsies
How to code for the different percutaneous procedures
Billing guidelines to clear up coding confusion


Sep 02, 2020


Informatics / Coding / Billing CE





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Delly Parham, with an AS degree in business administration and Advanced Medical Coding certificate, Delly joined the medical field in 1992 as a Compliance Supervisor for a local Sarasota, Florida independent Pathology Laboratory. In 1995 when Managed care surfaced in Sarasota, Florida, Delly took over the duties of all insurances and assisted and streamlined the billing department by keeping track of all diagnosis and cpt codes changes in the field of pathology. She then took on roles in other specialties and performed coding, coding research, billing and many other tasks for various providers offices. She has written many billing articles for the AAPC Billing Insider and acted as president of the Bradenton Chapter from 1/2010 through 12/2012. When not working she is active in community volunteer work, church functions and the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

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