On April 1, 1998, the
Healthcare Financing Administration, in cooperation with the A.M.A.,
implemented a new series of Organ or Disease Oriented Panels to
replace the previous automated multi¬channel chemistry panels codes
of 80002¬80019. These panels were developed to facilitate medical
review of utilization and medical necessity of laboratory testing.
The Medicare Approved Panels are identified with a
single procedure code for each panel. Also, known as AMA panels or
Organ or Disease Oriented Panels, these panels are nationally
standardized and were first published in the 1998 AMA CPT Procedural
Manual. Following the listing of Medicare panels is a selection of
special profiles offered by HealthLink Laboratory. The special
profiles are not recommended for use on Medicare or Medicaid
patients unless each individual component in the panel can be
justified as “medically necessary” by the physician and supported by
an appropriate ICD¬9 code.