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finger stick 10 minute blood test for Covid 19 detection

Marlene Posted Wed 22nd of April, 2020 14:57:07 PM
I need to see if there is a CPT for the rapid 10 minute finger stick test being done from Bioamerica corp.I cannot find one This is not a swab test but a blood test being done in office Thanks
SuperCoder Answered Thu 23rd of April, 2020 06:36:03 AM

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CPT® code 86328 {Immunoassay for infectious agent antibody(ies), qualitative or semiquantitative, single-step method (eg, reagent strip); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19])} released by AMA for reporting typically whole blood or serum specimen testing for antibodies to SARS–CoV–2. The lab analyst performs a single–step immunoassay to qualitatively or semiquantitatively evaluate the patient’s specimen for antibodies to the SARS–CoV–2 virus. The test may use methods such as chromatographic immunoassay that produces a color change when antibodies in whole blood migrate through a reagent test strip containing specific antigens, such as an IgG/IgM reagent strip. For immunoassays by single-step method (eg, reagent strips), CPT codes 86318 or 86328 may be reported. For severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2] [Coronavirus disease {COVID-19}] antibody testing using the multiple-step method, use 86769.


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Marlene Posted Thu 23rd of April, 2020 07:32:09 AM
can this be done in a physicians office as Im reading it can only be done in a certified lab I have docs that want to do this in house and provide this and can get the test but I see where some say it can only be done in a certified lab
SuperCoder Answered Fri 24th of April, 2020 10:08:31 AM

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Diagnostic testing available to Medicare beneficiaries who need it, in the interim final rule with comment period, the Medicare has changed payment rules during the PHE for the COVID-19 pandemic to provide payment to independent laboratories for specimen collection from beneficiaries who are homebound or inpatients not in a hospital for COVID19 testing under certain circumstances.

In general, a nominal fee for specimen collection for laboratory testing and a fee to cover transportation and personnel expenses (generally referred to as a travel allowance) for trained personnel to collect specimens from homebound patients and inpatients (not in a hospital).

These testing after collection of specimens available particularly at the point of care including “temporary screening facilities, physician office labs, urgent care, and long-term nursing facilities.


COVID-19 tests that allow patients to collect the specimen themselves are not eligible for this specimen collection fee. These codes are only billable by clinical diagnostic laboratories, according to a special March 31, 2020 edition of MLN Connects®.

Information related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. This information was accurate at the time of answering. Be sure to stay tuned for the most up-to-date information.


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