Couriers and Referral Tests

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Couriers and Referral Tests

The laboratory's couriers may not transport items except those related to the testing services offered by the laboratory.
  • Couriers must follow all OSHA standards for the handling and transport of specimens.
The laboratory is responsible for all tests it refers to other laboratories.
  • The laboratory should not change CPT codes supplied by a reference laboratory without contacting the reference laboratory.
  • The laboratory is responsible for all tests it bills to Medicare/Medicaid even if the test was performed by a reference laboratory.