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Update for COVID -19 CPT 87637

The Modifier QW is defined as a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived test and it is used to identify waived tests and would be submitted in the first modifier field.

The modifier QW is accepted by CMS for CPT 87637 and effective from date October 06,2020 and the implementation date July 06, 2021.

Also, the modifier QW allowed for HCPCS code 0240U & 0241U

87637 - Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), influenza virus types A and B, and respiratory syncytial virus, multiplex amplified probe technique

0240U - Infectious disease (viral respiratory tract infection), pathogen-specific RNA, 3 targets (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2], influenza A, influenza B), upper respiratory specimen, each pathogen reported as detected or not detected

0241U - Infectious disease (viral respiratory tract infection), pathogen-specific RNA, 4 targets (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2], influenza A, influenza B, respiratory syncytial virus [RSV]), upper respiratory specimen, each pathogen reported as detected or not detected

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