April 15, 2020
On April 15, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will pay $100, nearly doubling payment, for certain lab tests that use high-throughput technologies to rapidly diagnose COVID-19 cases.
Medicare will pay laboratories for the tests at $100 effective April 14, 2020, through the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. CMS is currently paying approximately $51 for these tests. The following codes would be used to identify these tests:
Payment for all other clinical diagnostic laboratory tests remain the same.