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Implementation of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi General Health Panel Medical Policy will be delayed. We previously notified you of the February 1, 2010 implementation of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi General Health Panel Medical Policy. We have analyzed claims over the past month and have found that providers are continuing to file the General Health Panel code, knowing that it will be denied not medically necessary. Additionally, there are some providers who are separately filing the general health panel components with diagnoses that do not support the medical necessity of all three components. The components of the general health panel are the comprehensive metabolic panel, the complete blood count (CBC), and the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
In order to allow more time for us to work with our providers that will be significantly impacted by this new policy, we will delay the implementation of the General Health Panel Medical Policy until further notice. Please monitor the Articles and Updates page for additional updates.