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CPT® Assistant COVID-19 and February 2020 Issues Now Available on SuperCoder

The latest authoritative guidance from the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT® Assistant covers two vital topics in medical coding today: a new lab code related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and an overview of 2021 evaluation and management (E/M) changes.

Special edition: CPT® Assistant has released an AMA fact sheet about reporting new code 87635 (Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or NA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique).

The AMA has made this fact sheet publicly available, and it is also available in SuperCoder’s Code Connect. The code is effective immediately to describe lab testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Note that there are two similar HCPCS Level II codes, U0001 and U0002, with an implementation date of April 1, 2020, for SARS-CoV-2 testing. Labs will need to confirm payer preference for codes.)

February 2020 issue: The AMA has also published the regularly scheduled Volume 30, Issue 2, of CPT® Assistant. The main article will help you get a better understanding of the major updates coming for office and other outpatient E/M coding in 2021. There are also coding tips for 2020 changes to the CPT® code set. Look for these terms and codes on SuperCoder’s Code Connect to learn more:

  • Chronic care remote physiologic monitoring: 99457, 99458
  • Cytogenomic neoplasia microarray analysis: 81277, 81406, 88271
  • Dry needling: 20552, 20553, 20560, 20561
  • E/M office visit, 2021: 99201-99215, 99354, 99355, 99358, 99359, 99415, 99416
  • Hemorrhoidectomy: 46221, 46945, 46946, 46948

Surgery and radiology coding feature in the February issue’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Search these topics on SuperCoder’s Code Connect:

  • Digestive system surgery: 44602, 49329, 49905
  • Medial or spindle procedure, punctal eversion: 67917, 68705, 59
  • Perirenal fluid collection, drain placements: 49405, 49406
  • Responsive neurostimulation system placement: 64999
  • Virtual colonoscopy: 74261-74263