January 2010 Update to the Lab NCDs

on Thursday, 03 December 2009. All News Items

Medicare updates the Laboratory National Coverage Determinations quarterly to reflect coding updates and policy changes.  CMS Transmittal 1847 (CR 6717) lists the Lab NCD updates that will be effective January 1, 2010. 

For Serum Iron Studies: Codes 453.50-453.52 (Chronic venous embolism and thrombosis of deep vessels of lower extremity) are being deleted from the list of ICD-9-CM codes that are covered by Medicare for Serum Iron Studies.

For Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT): Codes 453.50-453.52 (Chronic venous embolism and thrombosis of deep vessels of lower extremity) are being added to the list of ICD-9-CM codes that are covered by Medicare for GGT.

The transmittal also corrects an effective date error from the July 1, 2009 release.  See the MLN Matters article for details.

Link to MLN Matters Article.

Link to Laboratory NCD Manual page.

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