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99211 coding during Covid 19 for all lab services when a nurse draws blood

Marlene Posted Tue 16th of June, 2020 10:52:52 AM
We have been told that as of May 8th 2020 new coding rules allow you to bill 99211 when collecting labs from any patient on any study not just labs for covid 19 patients or testing and be paid for it at 23.00 each time when a nurse does this. Is this true and if so can you give us a site that specifically states you can do this
SuperCoder Answered Wed 17th of June, 2020 07:05:57 AM

Hi Marlene,


Thanks for your question.


CMS has finalized new specimen collection fees for COVID-19 testing under the MPFS. Physicians and NPPs must use CPT code 99211 to bill for a COVID-19 symptom and exposure assessment and specimen collection provided by clinical staff (such as pharmacists) incident to the physician’s or NPP’s services. This applies to all patients, not just established patients. The direct supervision requirement may be met through virtual presence of the supervising physician or practitioner using interactive audio and video technology. Cost sharing will not apply.


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