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Implementation Delay: Automated Hemogram and RSV Laboratory Tests

August 7, 2018

An article published in the May 2018 Medi-Cal Update, titled Automated Hemogram and RSV Laboratory Tests Added as CLIA-Waived Services, informed providers that certain services are reimbursable as Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived tests when performed with a CLIA-waived test kit and billed with modifier QW (CLIA waived test). The article erroneously lists the effective date as June 1, 2018. Due to a delay in implementation, this policy is effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2018.

No action is required of providers. An Erroneous Payment Correction (EPC) will be implemented to reprocess affected claims.