The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) change modifiers and otherwise accommodate changes to waived tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). Contractors should use a QW modifier to identify covered tests.
Subject: New Waived Tests
Release Date: March 30, 2017
Effective Date: April 1, 2017
Implementation Date: April 3, 2017
Special Notes: Transmittal 3696, dated January 20, 2017, is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 3741, dated, March 30, 2017 to change the incorrect CPT drug test code from 80305 to 80305QW in the attachment. All other information remains the same.