HNL News

June 29, 2022

Automation in the Clinical Laboratory

Clinical laboratory automation is essential to deliver high quality results in the most cost effective and efficient way.  Automation requires minimal operator intervention and helps to increase productivity, tracking of specimens within the laboratory, decreased turnaround times, improvements in specimen handling, improved laboratory safety, and minimizes errors.
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June 17, 2022

LYME Disease

As you continue to spend more time outside enjoying the weather, you’ll be sharing your space with some critters you’ll want to be aware of. Deer ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, which can have a critical impact on your health if untreated.
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June 15, 2022

Men's Health Month

In 1994, Congress designated the month of June as Men's Health Month to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
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June 10, 2022

LGBTQ Pledge

HNL Lab Medicine believes the diversity of our workforce makes us stronger. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to attract, develop, and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
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June 09, 2022

HNL Lab Medicine Artwork Contest Celebrates Healthcare Heroes

Throughout the month of May, HNL Lab Medicine, a regional leader in high-quality, innovative laboratory medicine services, announced an artwork contest for children in grades K-8. The goal of this contest was to promote awareness of the healthcare field, encourage creativity, and include a valuable connection to the community in each of HNL’s patient service centers.
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Coronavirus Disease

COVID-19 Patient Billing

COVID-19 Patient Billing

HNL Lab Medicine will continue to process claims according to insurance policy. Patients may start to receive statements based on updated payor policies.

| COVID-19 Billing FAQs | COVID-19 Billing FAQs

Am I responsible for COVID-19 testing charges if I am uninsured?

As of March 22, 2022, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will no longer be covering Covid-19 testing for patients without insurance. Patients or providers may be billed for these services effective on this date.

Who can I contact with questions about my benefits or insurance coverage?
Call the telephone number on the back of your insurance card for Member Services. This number is specific to your plan and benefits, and it helps you receive the right answers faster.


Resources that are available to providers and/or uninsured individuals:
Alternative resources for uninsured individuals who need COVID-19 services or other health care coverage include:

Note: per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers, providers must continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients

 

Is COVID-19 testing covered by my plan and what will it cost me?

COVID-19 testing will be covered with no additional costs when recommended by a medical professional. While this coverage applies to many insurance policies, every plan is a little different. If you have questions on coverage, costs, or anything else, call Member Service at the number on the back of your card. *Exclusions may apply.

In order for a COVID-19 test to be eligible for coverage under your health plan, there’s some important criteria that must be met. In fact, ALL of the following must be confirmed before a test can be approved.

First and foremost, all tests must be ordered by a licensed health care professional unless the test is being ordered prior to an elective surgery. If deemed clinically appropriate, your physician must come to the conclusion that you’re showing signs and symptoms typically associated with COVID-19 — fever, cough, shortness of breath. In the event that you’re asymptomatic, a health care provider must determine that you’ve had known or suspected recent exposure to someone with the virus before a test can be performed.

If the order for a test meets the coverage criteria above, the sample must be collected by authorized health care personnel.

My Employer ordered testing, will it be covered?
In the event that an employer requires a test that is not medically necessary — for instance, as part of a return-to-work protocol or travel — costs may not be covered by your insurance policy. Please contact your employer or your insurance carrier Member Services number on the back of your card.


Why did I receive a bill for Covid testing and I have insurance?
Please verify that your current insurance is reflected on the statement; refer to your Explanation of Benefits or contact your insurance for more information related to your coverage. 

COVID-19 Insurance FAQs

For additional questions, or for insurance plans not listed below, please contact the member services number on the back of your insurance card. 

Aetna Member FAQ’s – https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/member-rights-resources/covid19/benefits.html 

AmeriHealth Caritas Member FAQ’s  – https://www.amerihealthcaritaspa.com/member/eng/index.aspx 

AmeriHealth Caritas VIPs FAQ’s  –https://www.amerihealthcaritasvipcare.com/covid-19/index.aspx

AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania - Community Health Choices (CHC)FAQ’s  – https://www.amerihealthcaritaschc.com/covid-19/index.aspx

Capital Blue Cross FAQ’s  – https://www.capbluecross.com/wps/portal/cap/home/explore/resource/coronavirus 

Cigna Member FAQ’s  – https://www.cigna.com/coronavirus/individuals-and-families 

Gateway Health Plan Member FAQ’s  – https://www.gatewayhealthplan.com/coronavirus/faq-covid-19 

Geisinger Health Plan Member FAQ’s  – https://www.geisinger.org/health-plan/members/coronavirus 

Highmark Member FAQ’s  – https://faqs.discoverhighmark.com/coverage-costs/ 

HRSA Uninsured Program FAQ’s  – https://www.hrsa.gov/coviduninsuredclaim 

  • As of March 22, 2022, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will no longer be covering Covid-19 testing for patients without insurance. Patients or providers may be billed for these services effective on this date.
    see more details https://www.hrsa.gov/coviduninsuredclaim/submission-deadline

Independence Blue Cross Member FAQ’s  – https://news.ibx.com/coronavirus-faq/ 

Medicare.gov FAQ’s  – https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-tests 

Medicaid.gov FAQ’s  – https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-faqs.pdf 

United HealthCare Member FAQ’s  – https://www.uhc.com/health-and-wellness/health-topics/covid-19/coverage-and-resources