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Coronavirus pandemic telemedicine guidelienes

Sandeep Posted Fri 20th of March, 2020 02:37:24 AM
Regarding Carona virus pandemic, please let me know which coding updates have been added in CPT, ICD, HCPCS codes. Our clients will be postponing elective surgeries, but are planning to go for telemedicine and online services. Which codes will have to be used? Can new visits be billed for telemedicine and online mode, as physical examination can not be conducted, can we code with Hx and MDM? How do we use modifiers?
SuperCoder Answered Mon 23rd of March, 2020 11:03:47 AM

Hello Sandeep,

Thank you for your question.

 

So far, the below mentioned codes have been added for Corona Virus.

HCPCS Code

 

  • U0001- Cdc 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov) Real-Time Rt-Pcr Diagnostic Panel
  • U0002- 2019-Ncov Coronavirus, Sars-Cov-2/2019-Ncov (Covid-19), Any Technique, Multiple Types Or Subtypes (Includes All Targets), Non-Cdc

 

ICD-10-CM Code

 

  • U07.0 - Vaping-Related Disorder
  • U07.1 - 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease

 

CPT Code

 

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

 

Find below the update from AMA on Telehealth Medicine services:

https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/digital/ama-quick-guide-telemedicine-practice

 

Not the inclusion of history and physical examination would be effective from 1st Jan 2021. It is not applicable before the scheduled date. Currently, general E&M guidelines as per three component requirements are being followed.

 

Hope that helps!

Thanks

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