Reader Question: Use QW for Waived Tests

Question: Please explain modifier QW and when we should use it in our lab. SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: Modifier QW (CLIA waived test) is an informational HCPCS [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Compliance: Educate Lab Personnel on EMail Phishing Vulnerability

Don't be surprised that this old trick still works. You may think that only high-tech solutions can help your lab protect against Health Insurance Portability and Accountability [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

You Be the Coder: Code This Endometrial Pathology Case

Question: Our pathologist examined an “endometrial specimen” and assigned a diagnosis of “cystic endometrial hyperplasia.” How should we code the case? New Jersey Subscriber Answer: The [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

PAMA Update: Expect Radical Pay Changes for Clinical Lab Tests January 1

Unless CMS relents to universal industry condemnation. The preliminary pricing proposal is in, the stakeholder response rages, but unless the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) final rule [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Reader Question: Untangle Burn Case Report

Question: The lab performed an aerobic culture from a burn swab and presumptively identified Staphylococcus. The ordering physician stated that the patient came following an accident at a campfire, and identified [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Reader Question: Follow Pap With HPV Reflex

Question: Our lab processed a screening Pap test and reported ASCUS findings, then reflexed to an HPV test. How should we code this? Georgia Subscriber [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Clinical Lab: Focus West Nile Virus Coding for Accurate Lab-Test Pay

Transmission route impacts diagnosis code. When your lab performs testing for possible West Nile virus (WNV) infection, you need key components in your coding tool-box to make [...]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Reader Question: Use PHI Patient Access Form

Question: What guidance or tools could you give our lab to help us meet our obligation to provide patients with their protected health information (PHI) when they want lab test reports?

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 5:11 am

Reader Question: Master ABN Modifiers For Your Lab

Question: When should our lab get a signed advance beneficiary notice (ABN), and how do I report ABN-related modifiers? Iowa Subscriber Answer: You must issue the [...]

Posted on: 10 October 2017 | 7:10 am

Reader Question: Evaluate Gene List for Proper Molecular Coding

Question: Our molecular lab performs a genomic sequence analysis panel for long QT syndrome that includes the following: AKAP9, ANK2, CACNA1C, CAV3, KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNH2, KCNJ2, KCNQ1, SCN4B, and SCN5A. Should [...]

Posted on: 10 October 2017 | 7:10 am