[Histonet] How to bill for additional testing on old cases

Cynthia Robinson Robinsoc <@t> mercyhealth.com
Thu Jan 24 08:52:19 CST 2008

We give the patient a new billing number but we order everything on the original pathology accession number.  We manually move the billing using Cerner LIS system from the old billing number to the new one.  CoPath is part of Cerner isn't it?  Perhaps there is a way to electronically move the billing to the new number like we do in Millennium.  You can contact me off list if you like.
Cindi Robinson HT(ASCP)
MMC-Sioux City
Dunes Medical Laboratories
350 W Anchor Dr
Dakota Dunes  SD  57049

>>> Ramona Turner <mona_diane <@t> hotmail.com> 1/24/2008 8:38 AM >>>

Currently, in order to bill for additional testing that is ordered on old cases, we must have the patient re-register and open a new billing number. Then in CoPath, we give the old case a new surgical number.  A gross descriptions is given....

"Case S08-x is patient name John Doe. Received is one paraffin block labeled S02-x-J sent for additional testing for Her2neu."

This puts the new surgical number on the pathologist's work list to sign out later.  This is the only way we can think of to bill for the additional testing.  The problem is that now the one case has two surgical numbers and the additional testing results are dictated on the new surgical number, not the old one.  IF the old case is ever pulled again for review, the new results will not be shown unless they look at the new surgical number.  The pathologist are not happy about this....

IF anyone is doing things different, PLEASE respond........

Ramona Turner, HT (ASCP)
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA 22191
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