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CPT®️ Editorial Panel responds to the COVID-19 global health crisis.
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New CPT Code for Novel Coronavirus Testing
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the CPT® Editorial Panel approved a new addition to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set on 13 March 2020 that will help streamline data-driven resource planning and resource allocation in the battle against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The new code is effective immediately for use as the standard for reporting tests for the novel coronavirus across the globe’s health systems using CPT content.
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What is the CPT Editorial Panel
The CPT® coding system offers physicians and other stakeholders around the globe a uniform process for coding medical services that streamlines reporting and increases accuracy and efficiency. For more than five decades, physicians and other health care professionals have relied on CPT codes to communicate with colleagues, patients, hospital administrators and insurers about the procedures they have performed.

The CPT® Editorial Panel is tasked with ensuring that CPT codes remain current and reflect the latest medical care provided to patients. Visit our website here to learn more about the rigor of the physician-led CPT Editorial Panel or watch this introductory video.

From the AMA: A Physician's Guide to COVID-19
Explore this COVID-19 physician guide curated from several sources including the JAMA, WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The guide is designed to help prepare your organization, address patient concerns around the globe and answer your most pressing questions.
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Telehealth Could Help Diagnose COVID-19 Patients Remotely
In effort to keep health care workers and patients around the globe safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMA has designed this quick guide to support physicians and practices in expediting the implementation of telemedicine, so care can continue to be provided to those who need it most.
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New Code for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing
The new CPT code details for COVID-19 testing are available now. Explore purpose of the code and the complete list of descriptors. Find testing procedure information, a clinical example and the answers to frequently asked questions applying the new code here.
RBRVS Changes in 2020
For 2020, the RVS Update Committee (RUC) submitted 301 recommendations for individual CPT® codes. The coding changes for which RUC made recommendations for the CY 2020 payment schedule included transitional care management services, emergency department visits, and online digital evaluation service (e-visit). RUC recommendations and supporting documentation are available here.
Pericardiocentesis and Pericardial Drainage Changes for 2020
For the CPT®2020 code set, significant changes were made in the Pericardium subsection to reflect current clinical practice. Codes 33010, 33011 and 33015 were deleted, and new codes 33016, 33017, 33018 and 33019 were established. New guidelines were also added to describe appropriate reporting of pericardiocentesis and percutaneous pericardial drainage with insertion of an indwelling catheter. This article discusses these changes to clarify the appropriate intent and use of these procedures.
Uveal Melanoma (UM) Genetic Expression Profiling Code
For the CPT® 2020 code set, the Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) subsection code 0081U was converted to a new Category I CPT code (81552) in the Multianalyte Assays with Algorithmic Analyses (MAAA) subsection to report mRNA analysis of 15 genes, including profiling and a calculated risk score for uveal melanoma (UM) metastasis. This article provides a brief overview of this procedure.
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