CMS Eases Requirements for COVID-19 Tests, Boosts Payments for Telephonic Visits

The Trump administration is easing requirements on testing for COVID-19 to make it easier to administer drive-thru and “parking lot” testing facilities. Ordinarily, a patient requires an order from a physician or other practitioner who is overseeing his or her care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer require that written order to allow Medicare beneficiaries to get tested, the agency said Thursday. The testing updates were included in a flurry of regulatory changes issued by CMS—the changes are a mix of CARES Act mandates and requests from providers. For instance, CMS also said Thursday it will grow the number of services it will cover as audio-only telephone visits to include behavioral health and patient education services. CMS will also boost the payment rate for telephone visits to match those for similar office and outpatient care, an increase that is retroactive to March 1.

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