Beginning June 1, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will manage its Genetic and Molecular Lab Testing Prior Authorization program through the UHC Lab Test Registry, according to a provider update issued April 13. As part of this transition, the program will discontinue use of the Beacon LBS Test Registry.
UHC said it intends to transfer “genetic and molecular lab test information” currently stored in the Beacon LBS Registry to its own test registry. As part of this transition, UHC is asking labs to confirm their test information in the UHC Test Registry prior to June 1.
Labs that do no have an existing account with the UHC Lab Test Registry will need to register to review their information.
Originally slated to go into effect, Oct. 1, 2020, widespread implementation of UHC’s Lab Test Registry has been delayed multiple times amid industry pushback and the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).
The program requires freestanding and outpatient hospital lab claims to include unique test codes for in-scope lab test services. The codes will serve as the lab’s unique identifier that a physician would use to order a test (aka “test code, “order code, or “test identifier”). Claims without the codes may be denied.
Labs must now have their tests registered with UHC by Dec. 1, 2021. The registry officially launches Jan. 1, 2022.