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Physicians can resubmit claims for urinalysis tests

From the May 1998 ACP Observer, copyright 1998 by the American College of Physicians.

Physicians can resubmit Medicare claims for four urinalysis tests that carriers had wrongly denied payment for earlier this year, according to HCFA.

The tests that had been wrongly denied were urinalysis by dipstick (81002); urine pregnancy test (81025); urine microalbumin, semiquantitative (82044); and urea nitrogen, semiquantitative (84525). An error in the computer software used to pay claims was not allowing physicians to bill for these four urinary tests any time E/M codes 99201 to 99360 were billed on the same day.

HCFA announced last month that all the carriers should have corrected their computer software by this time.

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