Addition of the QW modifier to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code U0002 and 87635

This article informs you about the addition of the QW modifier to HCPCS code U0002 (2019-nCoV Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19), any technique, multiple types or subtypes (includes all targets), non-CDC) and CPT code 87635 [Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique]. Medicare will permit the use of codes U0002QW and 87635QW for claims submitted by facilities with a valid, current CLIA certificate of waiver with dates of service on or after March 20, 2020.
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