[Histonet] H.pylori question

Kienitz, Kari kkienitz at orclinic.com
Tue Sep 27 14:06:22 CDT 2016

Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) from the website for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Please use the link below to access this policy.

 you may find this information useful. Look at the GI section. It specifically calls out the use of special stains for H.pylori. Reimbursement may be an issue for you.

L35693     MolDX: Special Histochemical Stains and Immunohistochemical Stains    Palmetto GBA(11302)    http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/lcd-details.aspx?LCDId=35693&ver=6&ContrId=229&ContrVer=1    N    

Kari Kienitz HT, (ASCP)
Histology Laboratory
The Oregon Clinic
1111 NE 99th Ave
Portland, OR  97220
kkienitz at orclinic.com

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From: Gareth Davis via Histonet [histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:45 AM
To: histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] H.pylori question

Okay, so I know I have heard rumors about the H.pylori testing being
affected by Medicare.  We currently do the H. pylori IHC stain on all
gastric biopsies.  Has anyone heard that Medicare will change, and we will
no longer be able to do it on all cases?  The last lab I worked in, in
Tennessee, stopped doing it all cases, because of the Medicare changes.
But, here in Arizona, they are still doing it.
What's the scoop?

Ms. Gareth B. Davis, HT, QIHC (ASCPcm)
Yuma Gastroenterology
Yuma, AZ 85364
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