The American Medical Association (AMA) updated their COVID-19 coding guidelines at the end of May and we wanted to point out these changes to our readers. As a medical coder, you’ll need to stay updated on all of the latest trends, news and guidelines when it comes to the healthcare industry.
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AMA Coding Updates for COVID-19
These codes were updated to streamline codes related to coronavirus testing. Here is a summary of codes that have been approved and published for the 2021 CPT code set, taken directly from the AMA COVID-19 update:
- “Accepted addition of code 87635 to report 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. The new code was effective March 13, 2020.
- Accepted revision of code 86318 to report immunoassay for infectious agent antibody(ies) and to be a parent to 86328; addition of code 86328 to report single step antibody testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; addition of child code 86769 to report multiple-step antibody testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; and revision of the Immunology guidelines. The new codes and revision were effective April 10, 2020.
- Accepted addition of PLA code 0202U to report the BioFire® Respiratory Panel 2.1 (RP2.1) test. The new code was effective May 20, 2020.”
Other COVID-19 Coding Resources from the AMA
In addition to the above updates, the AMA has also released some fact sheets and other resources that will help medical coders with COVID-19-related codes. The fact sheets (aka CPT Assistant guides) include:
- Codes, descriptors and purpose
- Clinical examples
- Description of the procedures
Here are links to the different resources the AMA has released:
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