Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Ã± Medicare Travel Allowance Fees for Collection of Specimens for Calendar year 2011
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Medicare Part B, allows payment for a specimen collection fee and travel allowance, when medically necessary, for a laboratory technician to draw a specimen from either a nursing home patient or homebound patient under Section 1833(h)(3) of the Act. Payment for these services is made based on the clinical laboratory fee schedule.
The per flat rate trip basis travel allowance (P9604) for 2010 is $9.50. The per mile travel allowance (P9603) is $0.95 cents per mile and is used in situations where the average trip to the patients’ home is longer than 20 miles round trip, and is to be prorated in situations where specimens are drawn from non-Medicare patients in the same trip.