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Client Contracts

A laboratory that receives referrals from a nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF) should have a written agreement with that facility:

  • The agreement should define billing and documentation responsibilities.
  • The facility should be responsible for determining the payment status of its patients and is liable for submitting incorrect payment information to the laboratory.
  • Fees should be consistent with other similar customers.

A laboratory that provides services to a home health agency treating Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries should have a written agreement with that agency:

  • The agreement should define billing and documentation responsibilities.
  • The agreement should place the responsibility on the home health agency to establish that all patients receiving laboratory services are "homebound" as defined by Medicare.
  • Fees should be consistent with other similar customers.