Administration Updates / Coronavirus / Medicare / Safety & Health

CMS Changes Medicare Payment to Support Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

CMSUnder President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new actions to pay for expedited coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. CMS previously took action in April 2020 by increasing the Medicare payment to laboratories for high throughput COVID-19 diagnostic tests from approximately $51 to $100 per test. Today, CMS is announcing that starting January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay $100 only to laboratories that complete high throughput COVID-19 diagnostic tests within two calendar days of the specimen being collected.  Also effective January 1, 2021, for laboratories that take longer than two days to complete these tests, Medicare will pay a rate of $75. CMS is working to ensure that patients who test positive for the virus are alerted quickly so they can self-isolate and receive medical treatment.

You can read more from CMS here.

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1 year ago

The Federal Govt. should have paid for all testing from the very start. The high costs of tests were significant to many Americans, but I think if you did not have insurance then it was free??? Testing had a long & slow start in United States.

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