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CPT® Assistant: AMA Reveals 3 New COVID-19 Lab Codes Effective June 25, 2020

Testing related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, and CPT® lab coding is evolving with it. The American Medical Association (AMA) announced three new codes:

  • Category I code 87426 for immunoassay antigen testing (parent code is multiple-step method code 87301)
  • Proprietary laboratory analyses (PLA) code 0223U for the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel from QIAGEN Sciences (descriptor is identical to 0202U)
  • PLA code 0224U for the Mount Sinai COVID-19 Antibody Test (do not report this code with antibody testing code 86769)

These codes were published and effective June 25, 2020. You can search for the codes on SuperCoder's Code Connect to find the June special edition CPT® Assistant, which provides clinical examples and procedure descriptions for these updates. The special edition is also available to the public to help ensure proper coding for these new surprise codes.