Does CMS provide a list of the conditions that it considers medically necessary for a urinalysis?
There are many examples of when urinalysis is considered medically necessary by the Medicare Program. However, the best thing is to verify coverage of pre-operative testing with the individual payers. Most payers have reimbursement policies and list the tests that are non-covered when ordered as a screening procedure prior to surgery.
Also remember to document lab tests with signs and symptoms or ICD-10 information concerning the reason the test is being performed, not the post-test diagnosis. It is inappropriate for laboratory personnel to use post-test diagnosis for addition of reflex tests unless the treating physician has reviewed the initial result and provided in writing the additional diagnosis.
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