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  • Press release: CMS Changes Medicare Payment to Support Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

    Oct 15, 2020

    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.

    Today’s announcement builds on previous actions CMS has taken to ensure robust laboratory testing for COVID-19.

    https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-r...nostic-testing
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