Central Texas Pathology Laboratory is located in the
Six West Medical Center
601 West Hwy 6
Waco, TX 76710
P.O. Box 21509
Waco, TX 76702-1509
(254) 752-9621, Option
1 (Billing / Administration)
the Histology Lab)
Option 4 (For the Cytology Lab)
request slides or blocks)
Option 6 (For Purchasing or Finance)
Option 7 (For Immunohistochemistry)
Option 8 ( For Molecular Pathology)
(254) 756-2047 Laboratory Department Fax
(254) 752-8378 Billing Department Fax
What is a Pathologist and how does he/she fit into
A Pathologist is a specialist physician who is
responsible for diagnosing tissue specimens, body
fluids, Pap Smears and other specimens taken from
you during surgery or a Doctorís examination. Your
Doctor will send the specimen to a Pathologist to
examine and diagnose. Your Doctor depends on the
Pathologist to issue a Pathology Report that will
tell him or her if the specimen contains cancerous
How long will it take my Doctor to get the Pathology
Report from the Pathologist?
In the vast majority of cases, the report will be
completed within 48 hours. If special stains or
additional studies are required, it may take
longer. Your Doctor will be notified by a
Pathologist when a report may be delayed beyond 48
Can the Pathologist or a representative of your
Laboratory explain my Pathology Results?
Your diagnostic results are returned to your Doctor
who can best interpret the result for you.
How can I find out more about my condition or
You can learn more by visiting one of the following
The Billing Department of Central Texas Pathology
Laboratory is located in Suite 111 of the Six West
Medical Center. Payment can be made in person at
this location or mailed to Central Texas Pathology
Laboratory, P.O. Box 21509, Waco, Texas
(254) 752-9621 Option
(254) 752-8378 Billing Department Fax
Why did I get a bill from Central Texas Pathology
Laboratory when I was never there?
When your Doctor performs a Pap smear or collects a
body fluid or tissue specimen during an office
visit, they send the specimen to Central Texas
Pathology Laboratory for diagnosis by a Pathologist.
Will you file my
insurance for me?
Yes, we actually prefer to file the insurance claim
for the patient as long as we have the correct
insurance information. If you receive a bill asking
for insurance information or for additional
information, please call our billing department at
(254) 752-9621, option 1. Please have your
insurance card available to give a Billing Associate
all the information necessary. As an added
convenience, you may also fax a copy (front and
back) of your insurance card to our Billing
Department at (254) 752-8378.
Will you also file my secondary insurance?
Yes, as long as we have the correct insurance
What methods of payment will Central Texas Pathology
Central Texas Pathology Laboratory will accept cash,
personal checks, money orders or credit card.
to pay online with check or credit card.
Can I make payment arrangements, if I cannot pay the
entire sum at one time?
Yes, we realize that medical cost are very high and
even with insurance coverage, many patients are
faced with very high deductibles. To make payment
arrangements for a bill, simply phone our Billing
Department, talk to one of our Billing Associates
and set-up a monthly payment plan.
I have received a bill from Central Texas Pathology
Laboratory. Can I call and get an explanation of the
Yes, call our Billing Department at (254) 752-9621,
option 1, and ask one of our Billing Associates to
review your charges.
Will my insurance company pay for the Pathology
examination of my specimen?
That depends on your individual insurance policy
coverage, but as a general rule, most insurance
policies or group medical coverage policies cover
Pathological examination of tissue specimens and
Cytological examination of body fluids.
Will my insurance company pay for my Pap smear?
Again, that depends on your individual insurance
coverage. Most insurance companies will pay for one
screening Pap smear per year, unless you have a
history of gynecologic problems or have had an
abnormal Pap smear in the past, in which case they
may pay for more than one per year. Medicare only
pays for one screening Pap smear every two (2)
years. If you are a Medicare patient with a history
of gynecological problems, including cancer, or a
previously abnormal Pap smear, Medicare will pay for
additional Pap smears.
My Doctorís office has a copy of my insurance card,
do you need also need a copy of my insurance card?
Yes, Central Texas Pathology Laboratory definitely
needs a copy of your insurance card. Not only do we
need the front of you card with the name, group
number, policy number and date of birth, we also
need a copy of the back side for your insurance
card. The address to send claims and important
telephone numbers are usually on the back of a
patientís insurance card. In addition, we must file
a claim with the insurance information exactly as it
appears on the patient insurance card, especially
with Medicare patients.
With the large number of specimens we receive from
the Central Texas area, we accept a large number of
insurances. Please have you office staff contact
our Billing Department concerning a specific
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