CMS to Pay Clinicians for Counseling Patients During COVID-19 Tests

August 3, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 4, 2020

According to this article in Medscape, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it will pay eligible clinicians for telling patients to isolate while awaiting results of a test for the novel coronavirus.

Under this policy, doctors and other healthcare providers will be able to bill CMS using existing evaluation and management (E/M) payment codes when they discuss with patients the immediate need for isolation, and the importance of informing their immediate household members that they should also be tested for COVID-19.

The agency has provided a checklist for clinicians to use.

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