Reimbirsement

Congress Calls on Insurers to Cover Coronavirus Testing without Charging Patients

As labs scramble to come up with a coronavirus detection assay and CMS creates a billing and coding regimen, Congress is working to ensure that private payors provide coverage of SARS-CoV-2 testing. … [Read more...]

Reimbursement

CDC Issues ICD-10-CM Coding Guidance for Coronavirus Encounters

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued official guidance to labs and other health care providers on which ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes to use for 2019 novel coronavirus … [Read more...]

Coronavirus

FDA Takes Unprecedented Measures to Promote Rapid Development of Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests

The FDA is following a two-prong strategy to promote and expedite development and validation of a test capable of safe, rapid and reliable detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the disease caused … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Billing & Coding: CMS Sets Rules for Medicare Coronavirus Testing Reimbursement with Private Payors Expected to Follow Suit

Good news for labs that are testing Medicare patients for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Test … [Read more...]

ACLA

Lab industry leaders meet with White House on COVID-19 testing

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has issued a statement following a meeting last week with the White House's Coronavirus Task Force. Here is a statement from ACLA President Julie … [Read more...]

Coronavirus

Two commercial labs testing now for COVID-19

Two commercial lab companies have announced they are moving into testing for COVID-19. LabCorp. said Thursday it was immediately offering testing for COVID-19 and Quest Diagnostics has announced it … [Read more...]

Coronavirus

CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests 

On March 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a  second Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code that can be used by laboratories to bill for certain … [Read more...]

Billing & Coding: Use New HCPCS Code U0001 to Bill Medicare for CDC Coronavirus Test

Good news for labs that are testing Medicare patients for SARS-CoV-2 using the newly approved Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Test Panel (and … [Read more...]

CLIA: CMS Issues Guidance on How Labs Should Perform Coronavirus Testing

On Feb. 6, CMS issued guidance to labs and other providers on how to use the newly approved Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) test for coronavirus. Here are the key takeaways. The … [Read more...]

Industry Buzz

Lab Companies Scramble to Bring Coronavirus Detection Tests to Market

Along with an urgent public health challenge, the outbreak of the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus in Wuhan, China, first reported on Dec. 31, has created a strategic opportunity for makers of lab tests. … [Read more...]


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