Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Impact of COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Unusual or Infrequent Items, or Both [Abstract]  
As the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a novel strain of coronavirus, COVID-19 continues to spread and severely impact the U.S. economy and economies of other countries around the world, we are committed to being a part of the coordinated public and private sector response to this unprecedented challenge. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BioReference is providing COVID-19 solutions, including diagnostic molecular testing and serology antibody testing, to meet the testing needs of its numerous customer verticals, including physicians, health systems, long-term care facilities, governments, schools, employers, professional sports teams and entertainment venues, as wells as the general public through relationships with retail pharmacy chains.
Revenue from services for the three months ended March 31, 2021 increased by $336.1 million as compared to 2020 due to COVID-19 testing volumes; however we are unable to predict how long the demand will continue for our COVID-19 related testing, or whether pricing and reimbursement policies for testing will sustain, and accordingly, the sustainability of our COVID-19 testing volumes is uncertain. Additionally, beginning in March 2020, BioReference experienced a decline in testing volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however as stay at home orders and other restrictions have been lifted, we have seen our routine clinical and genomic testing volumes trending towards normalization with prior periods. Should stay at home orders or other restrictions be reenacted, we could see our routine testing levels decline. Excluding COVID-19 test volumes, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, genomic test volume increased 10.3% and routine clinical test volume declined 6.8% as compared to volumes for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Additionally, sales of Rayaldee have not increased in accordance with its expected growth trajectory as a result of challenges in onboarding new patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal, state and local governmental policies and initiatives designed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 have resulted in, among other things, a significant reduction in physician office visits, the cancellation of elective medical procedures, customers closing or severely curtailing their operations (voluntarily or in response to government orders), and the
adoption of work-from-home or shelter-in-place policies. We also continue to see a substantial need for COVID-19 testing by our existing clients and expect new clients as infections for the virus continue.
In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act provides numerous tax provisions and other stimulus measures, including temporary changes regarding the prior and future utilization of net operating losses, temporary changes to the prior and future limitations on interest deductions, temporary suspension of certain payment requirements for the employer portion of Social Security taxes, technical corrections from prior tax legislation for tax depreciation of certain qualified improvement property, and the creation of certain payroll tax credits associated with the retention of employees.
We have received, or expect to receive a number of benefits under the CARES Act including, but not limited to:
During the second quarter of 2020, we received approximately $14 million under The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, which provides accelerated payments to Medicare providers/suppliers working to provide treatment to patients and combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and the amounts advanced are loans which will be offset against future claims and must be repaid in 2021. These loans are initially recorded as contract liabilities included in Accrued expenses and are recognized in Revenue from services when earned. As of March 31, 2021, no amount of the accelerated payments were recognized in revenue;
We were eligible to defer depositing the employer’s share of Social Security taxes for payments due from March 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020, interest-free and penalty-free;
We received approximately $16.2 million during 2020 from the funds that were distributed to healthcare providers for related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognized the $16.2 million grant in other revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide claims reimbursement to healthcare providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured patients; and
Clinical laboratories are provided a one-year reprieve from the reporting requirements under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (“PAMA”) as well as a one-year delay of reimbursement rate reductions for clinical laboratory services provided under Medicare that were scheduled to take place in 2021.
Since the pandemic began in the U.S., we have invested, and expect to continue to invest, in testing capabilities and infrastructure to meet demand for our molecular and antibody testing for COVID-19.