AMA Announces New CPT Codes for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
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On September 8, 2020, The American Medical Association (AMA) published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set that includes two code additions for reporting medical services sparked by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first addition, CPT code 99072, was approved in response to sweeping measures adopted by medical practices and health care organizations to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), while safely providing patients with access to high-quality care during in-person interactions with healthcare professionals.
The second addition, CPT code 86413, was approved in response to the development of laboratory tests that provide quantitative measurements of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, as opposed to a qualitative assessment (positive/negative) of SAR-CoV-2 antibodies provided by laboratory tests reported by other CPT codes. By measuring antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the tests reported by 86413 can investigate a person’s adaptive immune response to the virus and help access the effectiveness of treatments used against the infection.
The COVID-19 Coding and Guidance web page on the AMA website features coding guidance and other resources related to the use of these and previously released CPT codes for COVID-19 reporting.
The web page can be accessed at the following link:
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Source: CPT Assistant Special Edition: September 2020 Update
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