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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Healthcare Professionals

COVID-19 Information

COVID 19 ICD 10 Coding and Insurance Reporting Guidelines 2022

2022 ICD-10-CM Code Update Announced
2022 ICD-10-CM code updates were made publicly available by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 1, 2021. Diagnosis codes of interest to laboratory and pathology practices includes the addition of three new codes for documenting immunization status effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2022:
 
  • Z28.310-Unvaccinated for COVID-19 (Use this code when the patient has not received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2022.)
     
  • Z28.311-Partially vaccinated for COVID-19 (Use this code when the patient has received at least one dose of a multi-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen but has not received the full set of doses necessary to meet the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated” in place at the time of encounter. Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2022.)
     
  • Z28.39-Other under immunization status (Use this code for delinquent or lapsed immunization status. Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2022.)
COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Patients (Cares Act Guidelines)

Professional and Facility Providers

 
  • COVID Screening Tests (Z11.52 and Z11.59)
    As a reminder, during the national Public Health Emergency (PHE) and consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Capital Blue Cross health plans will cover the cost of a COVID-19 diagnostic test without applying member cost share (such as deductibles, copays, and coinsurance) if performed as a result of an individualized clinical assessment, such as a test ordered by a provider or when a provider refers the member for a test. However, Capital will not provide coverage of testing for public health surveillance or employment purposes.

    Effective July 1, 2022, claims submitted with a COVID testing procedure code with a diagnosis code indicative of encounter for screening for other viral diseases (Z11.52 and Z11.59) will deny as not covered.

    Administrative Notice AN2022-06-002 (capbluecross.com)