UIDL receives cases from around the world and offers a variety of billing options.

As a service to your patients, and in compliance with agreements established with insurance and managed care companies, if the case has originated from within the United States, UIDL will bill your patient’s insurance carrier(s) or managed care organization directly when provided with complete and accurate billing information.

For insurance companies and managed care organizations where a contract does not exist with UIDL, we will still file a claim to those carriers. Your patient may or may not have out-of-network coverage. It is the patient/provider’s responsibility to vet insurance carrier coverage. This includes determining whether prior authorization is needed and whether the patient has out of network laboratory benefits which will allow payment to UIDL.

In some cases, prepayment may be required.

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UIDL's Tax ID and NPI numbers

TIN: 42-6004813
NPI (Technical): 1811984636
NPI (Professional): 1265433676

FSHD1 and FSHD2

Visit the FSHD1 and FSHD2 page to verify pricing for FSHD1 and FSHD2 testing.

Billing options

Private Insurance and Managed Care Organizations

As a service to your patients, and in compliance with agreements established with insurance and managed care companies, UIDL will bill your patient’s insurance carrier(s) or managed care organization directly when provided with complete and accurate billing information. For those insurance companies and managed care organizations where a contract does not exist with UIDL, we will still file a claim to those carriers. Your patient may or may not have out-of-network coverage. It is the patient/provider’s responsibility to vet insurance carrier coverage. This includes determining whether prior authorization is needed and whether the patient has out of network laboratory benefits which will allow payment to UIDL

Below is information required by the payer to determine coverage and/or prior authorization requirements. Additional information (e.g., CPTs) are available via the UIDL Test Directory. Please contact the UIDL Reference Billing team via email (UIDLReferenceBilling@healthcare.uiowa.edu) or phone (866-844-2522) if additional details are required or if there are any questions.

UIDL NPI #1811984636
Taxpayer Identification # 42:6004813

 

All Medicare cases must be accompanied by a fully executed Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN). This entails:

  1. Completion of sections D, E, and F. A template ABN containing this information is available for use. 
    View ABN
  2. Selection of one option in Section G.
    • Option 1: The UIDL will file a claim on the patient’s behalf and issue a statement of charges reflecting any residual patient/guarantor responsibility after the claim is fully adjudicated.
    • Option 2: Prepayment is required for non-Iowa patients. 
      • Exception: for Iowa patients, the UIDL will issue a statement of charges to the guarantor upon completion of testing.
  3. Patient signature and date in Sections I and J, respectively.

If a fully executed ABN cannot be obtained, the patient selects Option 2 from Section G, or the referring institution declines financial responsibility for the charges, testing will require prepayment.

UIDL will bill Medicare. In the event a health care practitioner orders tests that Medicare deems medically unnecessary, a properly executed Advance Beneficiary Notification (ABN) must be secured by the client prior to collection of the specimen. The ABN form must accompany the specimen to our laboratory. This enables UIDL to bill the patient if Medicare denies our claim for medical necessity or frequency limitations. In the absence of a properly executed ABN, UIDL will bill denied charges back to the client.

It is the referring institution’s responsibility to ascertain the need for the ABN; however, the below tests are known to require an ABN. Note, this list is not exhaustive.

TestUIDL Lab Code
Factor 5 Leiden Mutation and Factor 2 20210G>A Variant with InterpretationLAB346
FSHD - Prenatal Detection of Abnormal Alleles with InterpretationLAB2456
FMR1 Gene Analysis Characterization of Alleles with InterpretationLAB2460
EGFR Gene Analysis with InterpretationLAB4821
BRAF and RAS Mutation Analysis with InterpretationLAB8062
FSHD - (FSHD1 & FSHD2) Detection of Abnormal Alleles with InterpretationLAB8104
MPL Mutation Analysis with InterpretationLAB8118 & LAB8119
MYD88 Exon 5 Mutation AnalysisLAB8392 & LAB8462 & LAB8463
Myeloproliferative Neoplasm PanelLAB8429 & LAB8430
MTHFR Mutation Analysis with InterpretationLAB8464
JAK2 Reflex for Polycythemia with InterpretationLAB8540 & LAB8542
JAK2 Reflex for Essential Thrombocythemia and Myelofibrosis with InterpretationLAB8541 & LAB8543
Salivary Gland Tumor Fusion Panel with InterpretationLAB8690
Dystroglycanopath Mutation Profile with InterpretationLAB8801
NTRK1, 2 and 3 Fusion with InterpretationLAB8824
Ph-Like All Gene Fusion and Mutation Detection and InterpretationLAB8912
Leukemia Gene Fusion Detection with InterpretationLAB8916
TP53 Gene Analysis and InterpretationLAB8967
F5 (Factor 5) Mutation Analysis, Leiden Variant, with InterpretationLAB9067
F2 (Prothrombin) Mutation Analysis, 20210G>A Variant, with InterpretationLAB9068
CXCR4 Mutational AnalysisLAB9295

Important: Medicare will only pay for the services that it determines to be “reasonable and necessary” under section 1862(a)(1) of the Medicare Law. If Medicare determines that a particular service, although it would otherwise be covered, is not “reasonable and necessary” under the Medicare standards, Medicare will deny payment for that service or test.

Please contact the UIDL Reference Billing team via email (UIDLReferenceBilling@healthcare.uiowa.edu) or phone (866-844-2522) if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Iowa Medicaid

Medicaid claims can only be filed after all other third-party resources have been exhausted. Patients should be asked at the time of service if there is other coverage, such as Medicare, Medicaid HMO, or private insurance. When applicable, any Medicare, private insurance, or managed care (HMO) information should also be provided. If Medicaid denies payment for non-covered services or eligibility reasons, the patient may be responsible for the payment. Medicaid is always the last source of payment.

Non-Iowa Medicaid

The UIDL can only file Medicaid or state aid claims in Iowa. Prepayment is required before the UIDL will perform testing. To initiate payment and expedite testing, please complete the prepayment form.

Please contact the UIDL Reference Billing team via email (UIDLReferenceBilling@healthcare.uiowa.edu) or phone (866-844-2522) if additional details are required or if there are any questions.

As a service to patients, and in compliance with agreements established with insurance and managed care companies, UIDL will bill the patient’s insurance carrier(s) or managed care organization directly when provided with complete and accurate billing information. The UIDL will work diligently to ensure claims are fully and properly adjudicated, and we do our best to obtain reimbursement from insurers. However, below are some of the circumstances that may result in the patient receiving a bill from us are:

  • The patient has non-government insurance and are responsible for a co-payment, co-insurance, deductible, and/or non-covered services.
  • The patient has Medicare and is responsible for 20% of the amount Medicare has set as the cost of the test.
  • The patient has Medicare and has signed an ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice). Once a claim is fully adjudicated, there may be a residual guarantor responsibility identified that the patient may receive a bill for directly from the UIDL.
  • Required prior authorization for testing was not properly obtained prior to testing.
  • Additional information to successfully file insurance claims on the patient’s behalf was not received in a timely manner.

The patient should contact their insurance carrier directly, should they receive a bill from UIDL and feel their insurance claims were not processed correctly. If necessary, UIDL billing resources are always available via email (UIDLReferenceBilling@healthcare.uiowa.edu) or phone (866-844-2522).

UIDL produces patient statements once each month. The statements itemize the date of service (collection date), lab test(s), ordering provider, and applicable charge(s) for each test performed. Payment of the statement is due within 30 days of receipt.

Prepayment is required before UIDL will perform testing. To initiate payment and expedite testing, please read the prepayment section.

For cases originating from outside of the United States: Prepayment is required before UIDL will perform testing unless UIDL has previously approved client invoicing. To initiate payment and expedite testing, please complete the Prepayment Form.

Payment options

If you are paying charges for completed testing (rather than making a prepayment), please click the following button to make an online payment with a credit card:

Make a credit card payment

Please return the top portion of your invoice or statement with either a check or money order.

Address to send payment:
University of Iowa Diagnostic Laboratories (UIDL)
200 Hawkins Drive, 5231 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1009

Circumstances that require prepayment:

  • Patient is a non-Iowa resident with Medicaid or no insurance coverage.
  • Case originates outside of the United States, from a client/referring institution that has not previously been approved by the UIDL for client invoicing.
  • Services are not covered by Medicare that the ABN affords testing, pending prepayment.
  • Patient’s coverage does not include out-of-network lab benefits.

NOTE: Required prepayment may or may not fully cover all charges deemed necessary to complete evaluation/testing. 

The following steps outline the prepayment process: 

  1. The referring institution determines if prepayment is required.
  2. To initiate prepayment and expedite testing, the referring institution completes and submits the online Prepayment form on behalf of the patient prior to specimen collection by clicking the “Fill Out the Prepayment Form” button, below. 
    Fill out the prepayment form
  3. The UIDL Reference Billing team submits a statement of charges based on information provided on the Prepayment form to the individual responsible for payment.
  4. The responsible party completes prepayment via the payment portal [GCL1] using information from the UIDL statement of charges.
  5. The UIDL Reference Billing Team recognizes payment and communicates receipt of payment to the referring institution – the individual who completed the prepayment form – and the guarantor.
  6. The referring institution sends a completed test requisition with the specimen to the UIDL.
  7. UIDL performs testing and reports results.
  8. If prepayment exceeds statement charges, a refund will be issued to the credit card holder. If prepayment does not account for all charges, the UIDL will issue another statement of charges to the cardholder who will be responsible for paying the residual liability.

Frequently asked questions

  • UIDL TIN: 42-6004813
  • UIDL NPI (Technical): 1811984636
  • UIDL NPI (Professional): 1265433676

Please see Medicare Resources for ABN details and lab codes.

Medicaid coverage is only available to Iowa residents. Please visit Medicaid Resources to learn more.

Prepayment may be required. Learn more in the prepayment section.

The prepayment section provides details and circumstances that require prepayment.

Not all pricing is published. FSHD1 and FSHD2 pricing can be found at the FSHD1 and FSHD2 page. For other pricing inquiries, please contact the UIDL Reference Billing team via email (UIDLReferenceBilling@healthcare.uiowa.edu) or phone (866-844-2522) to confirm.

UIDL will work on behalf of the patient to obtain payment and reach out to referring institution to assist with facilitating an accurate and complete appeal, if necessary. Any residual guarantor responsibility, per the fully adjudicated insurance claim, will be directly billed to the patient. 

Yes, if the specimen is collected within the United States.

UIDL produces client invoices once each month. Payment of the invoice is due within 30 days of receipt.

  • Browse our Test Directory to verify CPT codes for your specific test.
  • CPT Codes are provided in the University of Iowa Diagnostic Laboratories Test Directory Handbook as a convenience to our clients. CPT codes are subject to change at any time; it is the client’s responsibility to verify their accuracy for the test performed. Clients are encouraged to consult the CPT Coding Manual published by the American Medical Association and to address questions regarding the use of any code to their local Medicare carrier.

  • Visit the FSHD1 & FSHD2 page to access the test requisition, lab directory, and details related to testing and billing.

Proceed to the payment options section.

Still have questions?

For billing and insurance related questions contact the UIDL Reference Billing team:

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