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New CPT Code to Report Novel Coronavirus Test

The AMA announces approval of new addition to the CPT
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Jan 22, 2021
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced the approval of a new addition to the CPT by the CPT Editorial Panel. This was done in an effort to improve tracking, allocating, and optimizing resources in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help physicians bill for procedures that combat the novel coronavirus.

The New Code and Descriptor


“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” This CPT code is now effective as the industry standard for reporting testing of the novel coronavirus in the US healthcare system. Further information can be found on The American Medical Association website. Short, medium, and long descriptors can be accessed at the AMA website.

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