AMA Adopts New CPT Code for COVID-19 Lab Testing

The American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel adopted a new CPT® code that describes the laboratory testing for COVID-19. The new CPT® code is effective as of March 13, 2020. The Panel has created descriptors for the new code, and providers and practices can download the coding information for integration into their current coding systems.

The AMA has posted additional guidance for the use of this new code. The Panel adopted this new code through an expedited process amidst the increase in incidence of COVID-19.

 

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