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Last Modified: 1/3/2018 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

CMS updates 2018 Medicare travel allowance fees for collection of specimens

Effective date: January 1, 2018
Implementation date: January 22, 2018

Summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued change request (CR) 10448, which revises the payment of travel allowances when billed on a per mileage basis using Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code P9603 and when billed on a flat-rate basis using HCPCS code P9604.
CMS calculated the allowance per mile using the federal mileage rate of $0.545 per mile plus an additional $0.45 per mile to cover a technician’s time and travel costs. The per flat-rate trip basis travel allowance is $10.00.
For more details, here is the link to the MLN MattersŪ article MM10448 external pdf file.
Source: MM10448
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