HIPAA: Update Your Compliance Plan With These Tips

Don’t let your documents get “stale.” Maybe the answering machine and the flip phone were cutting edge technology the last time you updated your HIPAA compliance plan.

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Rundown CRC Test Options and Methods for Your Lab

Don’t overlook newer procedures and codes. If you’re stuck in the days of the tried-and-true guaiac test, you could be missing out on other lab procedures that [...]

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Microbiology: Don't Double Dip for 'Multiplex' Tests

Add 87483 to your infectious agent detection arsenal. If you think you know all the opportunities and snares for reporting infectious agent antigen detection codes, think again. [...]

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Compliance: Follow Coverage Rules to Secure CRC Screening Pay

Master diagnosis and frequency limitations. Payers may approve many different testing methods to screen patients for early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC), but if you miss the [...]

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Reader Question: Choose Screening Dx for Screening Test

Question: We’re using the new CPT® code for drug screening, 80305, instead of the old code, G0477. But the diagnosis code we’ve been using, Z79.899, is not valid with 80305. What [...]

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Reader Question: Focus Lynch Syndrome Coding With These Tips

Question: Our lab performs a full gene sequence analysis for MLH1 and finds mutations positive for Lynch syndrome. How should we code the case? Texas Subscriber

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

You Be the Coder: Understand FNA 'Evaluation Episode'

Question: Our pathologist received three FNA specimens from three different breast lesions and two FNA specimens from a fourth breast lesion to check for specimen adequacy and diagnose, if adequate. Based [...]

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am

Reader Question: Distinguish Definitive, Presumptive Drug Tests

Question: Our lab received an order for a drug confirmation test for alcohol, salicylate and acetaminophen. We performed tests to quantify the presence of all three substances in the patient specimen. [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Finish Your PAMA Lab Reporting This Month

Question: We are an “applicable lab” for reporting lab test payment data to Medicare. What do we need to get started, and what is the time frame for reporting?

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Zero in on Trigone of Bladder Codes

Question: Our pathologist examined a “trigone of bladder biopsy” with findings of “benign urothelial submucosa and mucosa with cystitis and granulomatous inflammation, with no neoplasia evidence.” How should we code the [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am