WPS Medicare eNews – 9/3/15

Are you Ready for ICD-10 Implementation October 1, 2015?

“ICD-10 implementation is rapidly approaching.  Are you ready?  Even the best prepared office may run into problems directly following the transition.  Be prepared to see a decrease in productivity and accuracy, as well as the need for additional training and education for office and billing staff.  Expect delays in claims processing and an increase in the number of rejected claims.  It is highly recommended that you monitor daily billing and reimbursement results over the next several months to identify any ICD-10 billing inconsistencies that may seriously impact cash flow. Visit the CMS website for additional ICD-10o resource information.”

For more information on ICD-10, please click HERE to refer to our Lab Chat information sheet.


Please refer to the CDC’s website for specific instructions on specimen collection and handling in suspected cases.


Coventry HMO Plan Types

We would like inform our clients that we do not participate in the Methodist Health Systems or Alegent-Creighton Health (CHI) Coventry HMO Plan types. Therefore, to ensure your patients do not receive any unexpected statements with out-of-network charges, any laboratory charges will be billed back to our clients. 


9/30/15 - QUAD Screen -- Lab Alert

9/15/15 - Prealbumin Reference Interval and Specimen Requirement Changes -- Lab Alert

6/26/15 - NEW - Entervirus D68 -- Lab Alert

4/9/15 - Effective 4/15/15 change to specimen type for Troponin I --  Lab Alert

1/8/15 - “Now Offering the Molecular Based Gastrointestinal Panel that Detects 21 Targets in Just One Test With Results in Just Hours, versus Days For Traditional Stool Culture!”      GI Pathogen Panel LAB ALERT 

Personalized Medicine—Right Here in Nebraska with a 50 Gene Cancer Panel!

The Nebraska Medicine Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory will be the first lab in Nebraska to offer a 50 gene cancer panel that will allow doctors to look for genetic mutations to personalize and tailor therapies for their cancer patients. Read the full article HERE.