New Waived Tests Released for Mid-Quarter
New waived tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 go into effect April 1.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 1689, Change Request (CR) 6370, with attachment, on Feb. 27, to inform contractors of a Recurring Update Notification (RUN) of the latest waived tests. This RUN can be found in Chapter 16, Section 70.8 of the Internet Only Manual.
To be recognized as a waived test, some CLIA waived tests have unique HCPCS Level II procedure codes and some must have modifier QW CLIA waived test included with the HCPCS Level II code. Click here to download the HCPCS Level II codes list subject to CLIA.