Could it be that the labs are paid under the Clinical Lab Fee Schedule and not the Physician Fee Schedule??? Do you have some examples of the CPT codes you found as excluded?
In general, an ABN is required when the provider has reason to believe the service about to be rendered may not be payable by Medicare, usually based on the reason for the service. Services that are NOT COVERED by Medicare do not need an ABN. The ABN is for services normally covered but for some reason (diagnosis, time restrictions on certain procedures), the service may not be covered in this situation.
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