In late May 2023, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the Norwegian Laboratory Code (NLK) system to be implemented no later than July 1, 2023. The document with the allocation of new codes to reimbursement categories is not yet available. NLK system is used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) for laboratory tests performed in outpatient settings.
A total of 142 new codes were added to NLK in medical biochemistry, clinical pharmacology, and medical microbiology fields. Some examples of the newly-added codes are:
- NPU19053 DNA CYP21A2 gene;
- NPU62051 Sp-Cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgG production (spinal fluid);
- NPU58983 Us-Haemophilus influenza DNA (unspecified);
- NPU62030 B-Yersinia pestis DNA (blood);
- NPU62020 B-West Nile virus RNA (blood);
- NPU62021 B-Yellow fever virus RNA (blood);
- NPU62036 P-Broad substance search (plasma).
Furthermore, 33 codes were terminated, and 122 codes were amended
See more information in Norwegian here.
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