AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 4; FOR your INFORMATION

New uniform coverage policies for laboratory testing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced new Medicare coverage policies for 23 clinical laboratory tests. The policies will replace the varying local medical review policies developed by managed care companies that process the lab claims for Medicare uniform coverage policies. CMS Administrator Tom Scully said the new rules would make it easier for physicians to order the lab tests they need to diagnose and treat their patients, and for labs to be reimbursed for the medically necessary services they provide. Some of the tests being covered under the new policy include blood counts, thyroid and iron...

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