Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) allows participating physicians to perform select laboratory services in their office, according to Empire’s Physician Office Laboratory (POL) Listing. Empire continuously reviews the POL list to ensure that laboratory services appropriate for the physician’s office are included.


As a result, Empire’s POL listing has been updated and is effective February 1, 2023. As a reminder, Empire’s POL list can be found online at empireblue.com/provider Provider Forms & Guides > Physician Office Lab (POL) List and is also attached.


Empire members must be referred to a participating laboratory for any lab services not included on the POL list. Claims submitted to Empire for physician office laboratory services not on the POL list will be denied and members cannot be balance billed.


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