tci Part B Insider - 2013 Issue 11

Physician Note: CMS Grants 'CLIA-Waived' Status to 9 Lab Tests

Plus: Physician partners can’t sign home health face-to-face documentation. Part B practices will benefit from nine new lab tests now classified as "CLIA-waived," thanks to a March 15 MLN Matters article on the topic. According to article MM8212, CMS will now consider the following tests CLIA-waved. You’ll have to append modifier QW (CLIA-waived test) to these codes, which include the following services, among others: 82055 (Alcohol (ethanol); any specimen except breath) for Germain Laboratories AimStrip Alcohol Saliva G0434 (Drug screen, other than chromatographic) for Chemtron Biotech’s Chemtrue Single/Multi-Panel Drug Screen Cassette Tests, American Screening Corporation&rsquo...

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