Skilled Nursing Facility payment for outpatient COVID-19 testing
Last modified: July 16, 2021
In an effort to further support our valued Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) partners, we’re implementing payment for COVID-19 testing performed outside of a skilled inpatient stay at an SNF for Medicare Advantage members.
The effective dates of the COVID-19 testing reimbursement will be for the duration of the national public health emergency period, from Jan. 27, 2020, and renewed on April 21, 2021, subject to further extension.
We’re reprocessing claims – no action required from you
COVID-19 testing performed outside of a skilled inpatient stay at a SNF were reimbursed at a zero-dollar amount. We will reprocess claims previously paid at $0 to be reimbursed at 100% of the Medicare fee schedule. No action is required from affected SNFs for these adjustments.
Medicare Advantage Plans
Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (DSNP)
Chronic Special Needs Plans (CSNP)
UnitedHealthcare Assisted Living Plans (IE-SNP)
Plans not included:
UnitedHealthcare Nursing Home Plans (ISNP)
UnitedHealthcare commercial plans
UnitedHealthcare Community Plans (Medicaid Only Plans)
Impacted codes to use
COVID-19 testing performed during an approved skilled stay are subject to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) consolidated billing rules and are not separately reimbursable, except for the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Home Plan (ISNP). New applicable CMS covered COVID-19 testing codes may be added periodically. We may add or remove codes from the following list, in accordance with CMS coverage guidelines.
These COVID-19 testing codes will be reimbursed at 100% of the CMS fee schedule allowance:
Testing procedure codes
Antigen detection of SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2/rapid test