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Feb 9th, 2018
Final payment rates, codes, and supporting documentation for the new private payer rate-based Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) payment system, effective Jan. 1, 2018, are available. What’s Behind the New Payment System? Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the way it sets payment rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory ...
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Jan 23rd, 2018
The codes that are considered a laboratory test under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) change each year. These codes require a facility to have either a CLIA certificate of registration (type code 9), a CLIA certificate of compliance (type code 1), or a CLIA certificate of accreditation (type code 3). A facility with a CLIA ...
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Feb 27th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the 2017 travel allowance flat rate for laboratory technicians in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service. Coverage for Travel Medicare Part B will pay a travel allowance for a laboratory technician to draw a specimen from either a nursing home patient or homebound patient, provided the specimen collection ...
Oct 7th, 2016
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released in September a final recommendation statement on screening for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in adults. The USPSTF last issued a recommendation on screening for tuberculosis in 1996. Since then, there have been changes in the epidemiology of the disease, development of newer screening technologies, and newer methods ...
Mar 9th, 2016
CPT® 2016 introduced a new obstetric panel code, 80081 Obstetric panel (includes HIV testing), which is identical to the long-standing obstetric panel 80055 Obstetric panel, with one exception: The newer code includes HIV testing. Required components for both codes include: Blood count, complete (CBC), and automated differential WBC count (85025 or 85027 and 85004) OR ...