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CMS Temporarily Waives Requirements For COVID-19 Testing

  • May 01, 2020

Bloomberg Law (4/30, Stein, Subscription Publication) reports, “Medicare beneficiaries can now get tested for...Covid-19 when told to do so by any health-care professional, under changes announced Thursday.” CMS “said it is temporarily waiving more regulations to give health-care providers and hospitals more flexibility in how they respond to the pandemic.” According to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, “Testing is vital, and CMS’s changes will make getting tested easier and more accessible for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.”
      FierceHealthcare (4/30, Minemyer) reports that typically, “a patient requires an order from a physician or other practitioner who is overseeing his or her care” in order to be tested for COVID-19. CMS “will no longer require that written order to allow Medicare beneficiaries to get tested, the agency said Thursday.”