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Medicare Carrier Proposes No Pay for Vitamin D Test

Proposal restricts coverage for Vitamin D tests to four diseases and no allowance for screening

CEO SUMMARY: Medicare contractor NGS wants to end payment to labs and physicians for routine Vitamin D testing. In a proposed local coverage determination (LCD), the Medicare carrier says it would cover Vitamin D testing only for patients with chronic kidney disease, osteomalacia, hypercalcemia, and rickets. All other testing for Vitamin D would be denied. …

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