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CRP (C-reactive protein) test outside Medicare CV (cardiovascular) screening coverage

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Medicare officials have decided that three common lipid tests will fulfil a new cardiovascular (CV) screening benefit for the health plan's elderly and disabled beneficiaries. The three tests are for total cholesterol, cholesterol for high-density lipoproteins and a triglyceride test, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) declared in its physician payment rule for 2005, which was published in the Federal Register on November 15.

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