Laboratory Question for the Week of October 26, 2015

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Why doesn’t Medicare cover the general health panel (80050)?

Answer:

The primary reason that Medicare does not cover 80050 is because of the diversity of test components. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) state that no single diagnosis code would merit the diverse testing such a panel entails, and, therefore, the tests in this panel should be ordered individually, with appropriate medical necessity documentation.

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