CMS Requires Positive COVID-19 Test Results for 20% Medicare Add-on Payment
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started rolling out post-payment audits again, as of Aug. 3, but now – after finding inconsistencies in the accuracy of some COVID-19 tests, and considering the fact that CMS has been paying an additional 20 percent to providers and facilities “treating patients with COVID or testing for COVID” – the agency has enacted a new mandate to qualify for the increased reimbursement.
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