Laboratory Services

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Medicare places restrictions on Vitamin D testing

Medicare has recently modified its reimbursement policy for Vitamin D testing. Reimbursement for laboratory testing for patients with Medicare Part A insurance will now require a medically necessary ICD-9 diagnosis code. If a valid diagnosis code is not provided, your office will be called to provide a valid diagnosis code.

ICD-9 Codes that support Medical Necessity

ICD-9 Codes that will be rejected

252.00 Hyperparathyroidism, Unspecified V70.0 Office Visit (Preventative Health Care)
252.01 Primary Hyperparathyroidism 401.1 Hypertension Benign
252.02 Secondary Hyperparathyroidism, Non-Renal 780.79 Fatigue and malaise
252.08 Other Hyperparathyroidism 714.0 Rheumatoid Arthritis
252.1 Hypoparathyroidism  
268.0 Rickets Active  
268.2 Osteomalacia Unspecified  
268.9 Unspecified Vitamin D Deficiency  
275.3 Disorders of Phosphorus Metabolism  
275.41 Hypocalcemia  
275.42 Hypercalcemia  
585.3 Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage III (Moderate)  
585.4 Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage IV (Severe)  
585.5 Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage V  
585.6 End Stage Renal Disease  
588.81 Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (of renal origin)  
733.00 Osteoporosis Unspecified  
733.01 Senile Osteoporosis  
733.02 Idiopathic Osteoporosis  
733.03 Disuse Osteoporosis  
733.09 Other Osteoporosis  
733.90 Disorder of Bone and Cartilage Unspecified  

View the CMS policy by clicking here.

Please contact our Laboratory Client Services Department at (781) 979-3151 if you have any questions.

Laboratory Patient Service Centers

We have seven convenient locations throughout our local communities where you can have your lab tests performed. Our locations offer free parking, quick, friendly and effective testing and opportune hours.

Easy Access Locations

PSC,  at  3 Woodland Road
3 Woodland Road First Floor
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone:  781-665-3498
Hours of Operation:
Monday –Friday,  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed for Lunch, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hallmark Health Medical Center
30 New Crossing Road
Reading, MA 01880
Phone: 781-213-5115
Hours of Operation:
Monday – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hospital and Clinic Locations

Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford*
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Phone:  781-306-6850
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday  7:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital*
585 Lebanon Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone:  781-979-3151
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Please stop at Registration before proceeding to the lab.

Other Locations

Lawrence Memorial Medical Services
Drawing Station
101 Main Street, Suite 116
Medford, MA 02155
Phone:  781-391-2121
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medical Office Building
50 Rowe Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone:  781-979-3296
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center
41 Montvale Avenue, Third Floor
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-224-5889
Monday – Thursday,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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Testing is performed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford seven days a week with results available the same day.

Hallmark Health System's Department of Laboratory Services performs approximately 1.9 million tests, using state of the art bar code technology and robotics that ensure accuracy and expedite analytical time. Our staff is made up of dedicated medical laboratory professionals, with many years of experience in the field of laboratory medicine. We offer easy access for patients throughout the Malden, Medford, Melrose and Wakefield communities. We are pioneering new telecommunication options to allow physician offices to receive laboratory results directly to the patient's electronic medical record. We are committed to providing the highest quality laboratory services through continuous quality improvement, collaboration, consolidation and advancement in technology to meet the diagnostic needs of the communities we service.



Donating blood makes a difference

Hello, My name is Fred Penney, age 66 years old and I live in Boxford, Massachusetts. I have been coming to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for nearly five years and also to Beth Israel Deaconess for about one year trying to find a cure for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (a bone marrow disorder) anemia. It is something where the body does not get enough blood. In return, I have to come to the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Oncology Department twice a week for transfusions. Each time I get two units of O POS blood. I want to thank all the people that donate blood to the American Red Cross, otherwise I wouldn't be thanking you now. So, please keep on donating blood to the Red Cross because there are thousands who need your blood and kindness. I retired two years ago as a Commercial Fisherman for fifty-three years and as soon as they find something to cure this, I'm going back fishing.
Thank you,
Fred Penney

We offer several blood-drawing stations throughout the communities we serve. We encourage you to take advantage of the stations outside the hospital to lessen your potential wait time.




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