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Anthrax and the painful pay cuts

Physician Practice Perspective, March 21, 2002

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Coding for anthrax testing and treatmentThe 21st century brought new importance to an old disease. Many people, especially in the Northeast, have visited their physician's offices to be tested-and in a few cases treated-for anthrax since September 11, 2001. Medicare beneficiaries are covered for anthrax testing and treatment under the following rules:1. Medicare covers anthrax testing when reasonable and necessary and ordered by a physician, but only for individual testing. There is no Medicare coverage for mass testing performed by public health officials. Use ICD-9

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