Inpatient Medicare payments for COVID-19 patients to be boosted 20% Sept. 1

September 1, 2020

Beginning Sept. 1, If a Medicare patient has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is admitted to a hospital, the hospital payment is increased by 20% to reflect the additional costs of treating COVID patients, according to an announcement from CMS.

As part of this move, CMS will require a positive COVID-19 lab test result is documented in the patient’s medical record. If a positive test result is not found in the medical record during post-payment review, the increased payment will be recouped.

The additional payment is intended to help hospitals offset the cost of treating patients who have COVID-19, including the purchase of necessary supplies.

This means it’s important to closely monitor your Medicare payments for COVID-19 patients moving forward, as CMS and other payers have in some cases struggled during the public health emergency to apply statutory cost-sharing measures.

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