|Test||PAP SMEAR, CONVENTIONAL METHOD, DIAGNOSTIC|
|Description||Useful for the evaluation of inflammatory, infectious, or benign proliferative conditions; screening of unsuspected or confirmation of suspected atypia; premalignant or malignant changes; follow-up of patients with known and/or treated premalignancy or malignancy.
NOTE: The Pap smear is a screening test designed to aid in the detection of premalignant and malignant conditions of the uterine cervix. It is not a diagnostic procedure and should not be used as the sole means of detecting cervical cancer. Both false-positive and false-negative results do occur.
NOTE: This test, when ordered on Medicare patients, is subject to the CMS Medicare Coverage Issues Manual (MCIM) Diagnostic Services policy "PAP Smear (Diagnostic)". Please verify that the diagnosis code (ICD-9) you have chosen demonstrates medical necessity for the test as documented in the physician's patient record. The CMS web site or the NorDx Limited Coverage Documentation Guide are available to assist you with this verification. A properly executed Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) must be submitted with the specimen if medical necessity is not demonstrated by the ICD-9 code chosen.
|Specimen||Obtain specimen using appropriate collection device and process as follows:
1. After the specimen is collected, spread material quickly and evenly onto a glass slide. SEND ONLY 1 SLIDE PER PATIENT. ADDITIONAL SLIDES WILL BE PERFORMED AT AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
2. Immediately spray fix slide.
For additional collection information, see "Gynecologic (PAP) Smears (Conventional)".
|Reference Values||Interpretive Bethesda report.|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Monday through Friday|