Reimbursement

Feds Say Insurers Not Required to Pay for Employer Return to Work COVID-19 Testing

Since the public health emergency began, the US government has taken the position that insurers shouldn’t be allowed to make consumers pay for COVID-19 lab tests. But now comes news that insurers will … [Read more...]

Billing & Coding

AMA Creates New CPT Code 87426 for COVID-19 Antigen Testing

On June 24, the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) approved new CPT code 87426 to report COVID-19 antigen tests, which use immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic … [Read more...]

Billing & Coding

CMS Issues Reminders for Billing COVID-19 Specimen Collection & Symptom/Exposure Assessment

On June 18, CMS offered up some guidance on billing Medicare for COVID-19 symptom and exposure assessment and specimen collection performed on and after March 1, 2020: Use CPT code 99211 to bill … [Read more...]

Focus On

The Next Round of COVID-19 Legislation: What It Will Take to Prevent a Second Outbreak?

The next wave of federal COVID-19 relief legislation is in the works and the lab industry is doing its level best to ensure that it includes the necessary support for lab testing that the previously … [Read more...]

Feds Charge Silicon Valley Med Tech Executive with Massive COVID-19 Stockholder Swindle

The executive of a publicly traded Silicon Valley medical tech firm has been charged with swindling investors and insurers by misrepresenting the diagnostic capabilities of a test using finger stick … [Read more...]

Diagnostics Deals

Pandemic Infuses New Urgency Into Effort to Develop Genomics-Based Early PTSD Detection Diagnostics

In addition to death and dislocation, the global COVID-19 pandemic is likely to spawn a crisis in mental health, including a spike in post-traumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD) cases. With this in mind, … [Read more...]

DX Earnings Report

Strong Q1 Earnings Belie the True Financial Devastation of COVID-19

The bad news is that COVID-19 is very, very bad for business; the good news—sort  of—is that the pandemic had just the last few weeks of March to wreak havoc on 2020 Q1 earnings reports. And even that … [Read more...]

CORONAVIRUS

HHS Puts Information Blocking and EHI Operability on Hold Due to COVID-19 Crisis

On March 9, 2020, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and CMS issued but didn’t publish final rules designed to improve patient access to their own … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Relief

HHS Clarifies Rules for Receipt of Provider Relief Fund Payments

If like so many other providers trying to survive COVID-19 business disruption, your lab is getting federal CARES relief payments, you need to be aware of the recent rule changes announced by HHS. … [Read more...]

Emerging Tests

SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing Is Here but Is It Really a ‘Game Changer’  

First came the molecular and then the serological assays. And now a third kind of coronavirus testing methodology has made its official US debut: antigen tests. Some have hailed this development as a … [Read more...]


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