Bloomberg Law
May 11, 2020, 8:33 PM

Medicare Makes It Easier for Pharmacies to Run Covid-19 Tests

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

Pharmacies and other suppliers can bill Medicare for running Covid-19 tests in a temporary move by the nation’s largest payer to ramp up testing.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a document detailing how pharmacies and other suppliers can apply for waivers that will let them temporarily enroll as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories, which are regulated by the agency.

The ability for pharmacists to seek Medicare reimbursement for Covid-19 tests overcomes a critical hurdle to offering those tests in more convenient locations such as drug stores, said Michael E. Klepser, who helped develop a program to provide ...

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