tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 15

LABS: Labs Should Ramp Up Diabetes Screening Tests

Billing at least once per year for all patients now allowed.The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) rang in the New Year with far-reaching reimbursement changes that open the door for annual diabetes screens for patients - and bi-annual ones for those who qualify."Before this, Medicare patients were refused screening [for diabetes] except for certain procedures," explains Margaret Ann Hyder, lab manager for Clinical Laboratory Services in Lincolnton, NC.Good news: The screening benefit, effective Jan. 1, allows for one test per year for patients not previously diagnosed with diabetes. That means a diabetes screen can become part...

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