Wednesday, October 15, 2014

QW modifier- List of CPT which Required


QW - CLIA WAIVED TEST 

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations require a facility to be appropriately certified for each test performed. To ensure that Medicare & Medicaid only pay for laboratory tests categorized as waived complexity under CLIA in facilities with a CLIA certificate of waiver, laboratory claims are currently edited at the CLIA certificate level.


The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider to be laboratory tests under CLIA (and thus requiring certification) change each year. Change Request (CR) 8805 informs the MACs about the latest new CPT codes that are subject to CLIA edits. Make sure your billing staffs are aware of these latest CLIA-related changes, and that you remain current with certification requirements.


Listed below are the latest tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as waived tests under CLIA. The CPT codes for the following new tests must have the modifier QW (CLIA-waived test) to be recognized as a waived test. However, the tests mentioned on the first page of the list attached to CR8805 (i.e., CPT codes: 81002, 81025, 82270, 82272, 82962, 83026, 84830, 85013, and 85651) do not require a QW modifier to be recognized as a waived test.

The CPT code, effective date and description for the latest tests approved by the FDA as waived tests under CLIA are the following:


• G0434QW, September 6, 2013, BTNX Inc. Rapid Response Multi-Drug Urine Test Cup;

• G0434QW, September 6, 2013, BTNX Inc. Rapid Response Multi-Drug Urine Test Panel;

• G0434QW, October 4, 2013, uVera Diagnostics, Inc. CR2 Multi-Drug Urine Test Cup;

• G0434QW, October 4, 2013, uVera Diagnostics, Inc. CR3 Multi-Drug Urine Test Cup;

• G0434QW, October 4, 2013, uVera Diagnostics, Inc. SMARTOX U3 Multi-Drug Urine Test Cup;

• G0434QW, October 24, 2013, American Institute of Toxicology, Inc., AIT Laboratories Drug of Abuse Cup;

• 80061QW, 82962, 82465QW, 83718QW, 84478QW, November 12, 2013, Jant Pharmacal Corp, LipidPlus Professional Lipid Profile and Glucose Measuring System (LipidPlus Lipid Profile test strips);

• G0434QW, December 4, 2013, Nobel Medical Inc. INSTA-SCREEN Multi-Drug Urine Test Cup;

• G0434QW, December 5, 2013, Micro Distributing II, LTD One Step Multi-Drug Urine Test Panel;

• G0434QW, February 11, 2014, Alfa Scientific Designs, Inc. Confidential Drug Test – Multi Drugs of Abuse Urine Test (OTC);

• 87880QW, February 18, 2014, BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of Group A Strep (direct from throat swab);

• 85018QW, February 18, 2014, Clarity HbCheck Hemoglobin Testing System;

• 87077QW, February 18, 2014, Jant Accutest Rapid Urease test (H. pylori detection);

• G0434QW, March 13, 2014, UCP Biosciences, Inc. UCP Multi-Drug Test Key Cups;

• 83986QW, March 18, 2014, RightBio Metrics, RightSpot Infant pH Indicator;

• 83986QW, March 18, 2014, RightBio Metrics, RightSpot pH Detector;

• 83986QW, March 18, 2014, RightBio Metrics, RightSpot pH Indicator;

• 85018QW, March 21,2014, AimStrip Hb Hemoglobin (Hb) Testing System;

• G0434QW, April 11, 2014, PTox Drug Screen Cup {Cassette Dip Card format};

• 86308QW, April 22, 2014, Polymedco Polystat Mono {whole blood};

• 82274QW, G0328QW, April 22, 2014, Rapid Response(TM) FIT-Fecal Immunochemical Test;

• 84443QW, May 16, 2014, Germaine Laboratories, Inc. AimStep Thyroid Screen {whole
blood};

• 82055QW, May 21, 2014, Express Diagnostics International, Incorporated Saliva Alcohol Test;

• 83037QW, May 22, 2014, BIO-RAD in2it (II) System Analyzer Prescription Home Use;
and

• 87880QW, May 23, 2014, Accustrip Strep A {Specimen type (Throat Swab)}.

You should be aware that your MAC will not search their files, to either retract payment or retroactively pay claims; however, they should adjust such claims that you bring to their attention.


The latest tests approved by the FDA as waived tests under CLIA are listed in the tables that follows. The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for these new tests in Table 1 must have the modifier ‘QW’ to be recognized as a waived test

CPT requires QW modifier





New CPT codes required QW Modifier

Background

CLIA regulations require a facility to be appropriately certified for each test it performs. To ensure that Medicare & Medicaid only pay for laboratory tests categorized as waived complexity under CLIA in facilities with a CLIA certificate of waiver, laboratory claims are currently edited at the CLIA certificate level. CMS identifies CLIA waived tests by providing an updated list of waived tests to the Medicare contractors on a quarterly basis via a Recurring Update Notification. To
be recognized as a waived test, some CLIA waived tests have unique HCPCS procedure codes and some must have a QW modifier included with the HCPCS code.

Listed below are the latest tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration as waived tests under CLIA. The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for the following new tests must have the modifier QW to be recognized as a waived test.


However, the tests mentioned on the first page of the attachment to CR 6370 at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R1689CP.pdf on the CMS website (i.e., CPT codes: 81002, 81025, 82270, 82272, G0394, 82962, 83026, 84830, 85013, and 85651) do not require a QW modifier to be recognized as a waived test. 

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