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Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule – Medicare Travel Allowance Fees for Collection of Specimens

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 new rates for 2017 are: per mile travel allowance (P9603) remains at $0.99 and the per flat-rate trip basis travel allowance (P9604) decreases to $9.85. The rate last year for P9604 was $9.90.


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