July 21, 2020 at 11:02 AM CT

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are delaying implementation of the Laboratory Test Registry Protocol to 1/1/2021. To ensure compliance with these requirements, free standing and outpatient hospital lab providers should register their laboratory tests prior to December 1, 2020.

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Laboratory Test Registry Protocol

Effective January 1, 2021, claims for most laboratory test services must contain your laboratory’s unique test code for each service. Additionally, each test code submitted on a claim must match a corresponding laboratory test registration provided in advance to us, or we will deny the claim. To ensure compliance with these requirements, free standing and outpatient hospital lab providers should register their laboratory tests prior to December 1, 2020

These requirements apply to most UnitedHealthcare Commercial, Medicare Advantage and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan networks.

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Registering your laboratory services and placing test codes on your laboratory claim doesn’t necessarily guarantee that UnitedHealthcare will pay the claim. Payment for covered services is based on the member’s eligibility on the date of the service, any claim processing requirements, and the terms of your Participation Agreement.