Question:

What is the minimum per-mile travel allowance for 2022 for specimen collection?

Answer:

For 2022, the minimum per-mile travel allowance is $1.04—an amount that CMS will review and update throughout the year in conjunction with the CLFS, as needed. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) also have the option of establishing a higher per-mile rate in excess of the minimum $1.01 per mile if local conditions warrant it. The agency notes that the “per mile allowance was computed using the Federal mileage rate plus an additional 45 cents a mile to cover the technician’s time and travel costs (58.5 cents plus 45 cents equals $1.035).”

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