Laboratory Question for the Week of September 21, 2015

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

When does the coverage for the new colorectal cancer screening test take effect?

Answer:

The effective date for the national coverage determination (NCD) for screening for colorectal cancer using Cologuard™—a multitarget stool DNA test—is  effective for claims with dates of service on or after October 9, 2014. The implementation date for non-shared Medicare administrative contract (MAC) edits is September 8, 2015 and for non-shared MAC edits is January 4, 2016, according to transmittal R183NCD (available at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2015-Transmittals-Items/R183NCD.html). 

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