March 06, 2020
On March 5, 2020, CMS created a second HCPCS code that providers and laboratories may use to report Coronavirus lab testing. Code U0001 will be for the CDC testing laboratory tests for patients with SARS-CoV-2. The new test is for non-CDC laboratory tests for SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID 19).
The Medicare claims processing system will be able to accept this code on April 1, 2020 for dates of service on or after February 4, 2020. These codes will be locally priced by the Medicare Administrative Contractors until CMS establishes national rates.