Upcoming Medical Record Audits for 2013

Spring Access Surveys Begin Soon

Introducing EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care

Annual CAHPS Surveys Beginning

New Benefit Plans

Laboratory Services

Enhanced Autism Mandate Effective November 1, 2012

Medicaid and Medicare Updates

Claims Corner

Improvements to Our Online Doctor Search

What You Need to Know About
ICD-10 Today

Behind the Scenes

EmblemHealth, Among the Healthiest Companies To Work For

Early Elective Deliveries (Healthy Babies
Are Worth the Wait)

2013 Quality Program at EmblemHealth

Health Outcomes Survey

Brand vs. Generic:
Implications to Health Care

Tips to Reduce Antibiotic Use

Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer:
Promote Routine Screenings

Counseling Your Young and Adolescent Patients

Clinical Corner

News&Notes Archive


Laboratory Services

EmblemHealth maintains contracts with select diagnostic reference laboratories to provide pick-up and referred services for our members. In order to ensure that members receive the highest level of plan benefit, laboratory specimens should be referred to Quest Diagnostics and its subsidiary AmeriPath. Quest Diagnostics and AmeriPath are the world's leading providers of diagnostic testing, information and services, with over 40 years of experience in oncology and genetic testing.

Update to Genetic Testing and Counseling and Hematology/Oncology Testing Labs

Integrated Genetics, Integrated Oncology and Esoterix Genetics (formerly known as Genzyme Genetics) no longer provide laboratory services for EmblemHealth, GHI and HIP members. This means that genetic testing, counseling and oncology testing provided by Integrated Genetics, Integrated Oncology or Esoterix Genetics are not covered for our members. You can go to our Web site to review a list of additional laboratories and the specific kinds of testing we cover for them.

Genetic Prenatal or Postnatal Testing and Counseling

All covered prenatal or postnatal genetic testing should be done at Quest Diagnostics labs (other than for certain clinical exceptions as outlined by our medical policy on Nuchal Translucency Screening). Examples of genetic testing and counseling procedures include carrier testing for genetic conditions, Down syndrome risk assessment, other reproductive testing and testing for causes of a developmental delay.

Hematology/Oncology Testing

All hematology/oncology testing should be done at AmeriPath labs. Examples of hematology and oncology procedures include morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, consultations, molecular testing and CellSearch™ circulating tumor cell (CTC) for the diagnosis of breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Contact Quest Diagnostics or AmeriPath to obtain more information about specific testing or to set up an account with Care360®, a new tool from Quest Diagnostics to order lab tests and obtain results free of charge.

To get started with Care360 you may enroll at the Care360 Web site. (Select Quest Diagnostics.)

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