tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 34

Physician Notes: CMS Approves CLIA-Waived Status for 21 Lab Tests -- Just Remember to Use Modifier QW

Plus: Mass immunization season is upon us -- CMS outlines the facts you need to know to start reporting vaccinationsEffective Oct. 1, you'll have a host of lab codes that you'll be able to report as "CLIA-waived," thanks to a Sept. 12 CMS transmittal on the matter.According to Transmittal 1594, CMS will now consider 21 additional tests CLIA-waived. You'll have to append modifier QW (CLIA-waived test) to these codes, which include the following, among others:• 83520 -- Immunoassay, analyte, quantitative; not otherwise specified• 87880 -- Infectious agent detection by immunoassay with direct optical observation; Streptococcus, group A&bull...

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