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COVID-19 Testing, 2021 E/M Changes, and More in Q2 HCPCS Coding Clinic®

The latest AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS offers a roundup of the many HCPCS Level II and CPT® codes that have been added this year for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 diagnostic testing and specimen collection. You also can see listings of HCPCS Level II changes that will be effective July 1, 2020. While HCPCS Coding Clinic® focuses on outpatient facility reporting, the upcoming 2021 office visit evaluation and management (E/M) coding changes are so significant, that the newsletter also covers these changes to assist facilities making internal guidelines for hospital-based clinic E/M reporting. This jam-packed issue even has a helpful 2019/2020 comparison of intermediate and complex repair definitions in CPT® guidelines.

This sampling of keywords and codes in Volume 20, Number 2, will help you locate the articles using TCI SuperCoder’s Coding Clinic Connector:

  • COVID-19: 86318, 86328, 86769, 87635, C9803, G2023, G2024, U0001-U0004
  • HCPCS, April 1, 2020: C9053, C9056-C9058
  • HCPCS, July 1, 2020: C9762-C9767, G2170, G2171, J1201, J3399, J9358, Q4227-Q4242
  • E/M, upcoming changes: 99201-99215
  • Integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, CPT®, 2020: 15769, 15771-15774, 21601-21603

The Ask the Editor section of this second-quarter issue is chock-full of advice, too, with these topics now available on TCI SuperCoder’s Coding Clinic Connector:

  • Appendectomy, partial cecectomy: 44140, 44970, 45399
  • Aspiration, bone marrow: 20939, 20999
  • Biopsy, breast skin: 11104, 19000, 19499
  • Biopsy, fat pad: 11106, 17999
  • Cryoablation, posterior nasal nerves: 30999, 64999
  • Excision, conjunctiva: 68110, 68399
  • Implantation, osseointegrative device: 69714, 69799
  • Incision and drainage, debridement: 10061
  • Makoplasty, robotic assistance: 27447, 0055T
  • Placement, stent graft: 37230, C1875
  • Ultrasound, intravascular: 37252, 37253