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Editor's Welcome:

In response to a number of questions, this week  we will discuss the codes and rules pertaining to travel allowances. Subject to certain rules and restrictions, Medicare will reimburse travel expenses when laboratory personnel travel to patient locations to collect specimens. As always, please submit any questions or comments which you would like included in future CodeMap Compliance Briefings.

Sincerely,

Charles Root, Ph.D.


Medicare Travel Allowances for Specimen Collection from Nursing Home and Homebound Patients

Medicare will reimburse for both specimen collection and travel when it is medically necessary for a laboratory technician to draw a specimen from either a nursing home or homebound patient.  The technician must personally draw the specimen. 

Travel allowance codes

Travel allowance codes are used to identify claims for travel costs.  A separate fee is payable to cover transportation expenses for trained personnel who travel to a nursing home or homebound patie....

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