News for Physicians

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 (PSC)

We have eight 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 convenient hours.

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

Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford *
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Phone:  (781) 306-6850
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday:  7 a.m. – 12 Noon
Sunday: Closed

*Please stop at Registration before proceeding to the lab. 

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

Medical Office Building
50 Rowe Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone:  (781) 979-3296
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed
30 Newcrossing Road
Reading, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 213-5115
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed
3 Woodland Road, Suite 113
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone:  (781) 665-3498
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed
48 Montvale Avenue, Suite 140
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: (781) 213-5554
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed: Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed



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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 barcode technology and robotics to 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 serve.



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