Laboratory Question for the Week of February 19, 2018

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


Last week you said Pap smear rates would increase 1.10 percent this year. What does that equate to in dollars and cents?


As required by law, payment for a cervical or vaginal smear test (Pap smear) must be the lesser of the local fee or the national limitation amount (NLA) but not less than a national minimum payment amount, which for 2018 is $14.65. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use last year’s payment of $14.49 to determine this amount. Specifically, $14.49 times a 1.10 percent 2018 update equals $14.65.

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