LaboratoryQuestion of the Week

Laboratory Question for the Week of October 9, 2017


If a Medicare claim for a lab test is denied due to one of the CCI edits, can it be billed to the beneficiary?


In the introduction for the National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state that a service denied based on procedure-to-procedure code pair edits or medically unlikely edits (MUEs) may not be billed to Medicare beneficiaries. It also states that provider cannot use an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) to seek payment from Medicare beneficiaries.

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