Vitamin D Testing: What the Government Giveth, It Taketh Away

New Study to Research if Supplements of Vitamin D, Fish Oil Reduce Health Risks With the volume of Vitamin D testing skyrocketing in clinical laboratories across the nation, leave it to government bureaucrats to work at counter purposes to each other. With one hand, the federal Medicare program is proposing to restrict coverage guidelines and reimbursement for Vitamin D testing to Medicare patients. With another hand, the federally-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a large,...

Medicare Considers Denying Payment for Routine Vitamin D Testing

One Medicare contractor is proposing a new policy that would effectively end payment to labs and physicians for routine testing for Vitamin D deficiency. In its proposed local coverage determination (LCD), the Medicare carrier indicates that it would cover Vitamin D testing only for patients with chronic kidney disease, osteomalacia, hypercalcemia, and rickets. The LCD states that other testing for Vitamin D would be denied. The draft (or proposed) LCD is dated February 6 and was posted on the...
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