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New CPT Code for COVID-19 Antigen Testing
The AMA announced an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) that includes a new code for reporting antigen testing of patients suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The new code is intended for use as the industry standard for accurate reporting and tracking of antigen tests using an immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic technique for the detection of biomolecules produced by the SAR-CoV-2 virus.

For quick reference, the new Category I CPT codes and long descriptors are:

87426 Infectious agent antigen detection by immunoassay technique, (eg, enzyme immunoassay [EIA], enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA], immunochemiluminometric assay [IMCA]) qualitative or semiquantitative, multiple-step method; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (eg, SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19])
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Coding for Telemedicine and COVID-19
As the use of telemedicine has increased with the arrival of COVID-19, so has the interest in how to use CPT® content to accurately capture the care provided. In this free webinar, learn about telemedicine obstacles and opportunities at the practice level, how the applicable CPT codes were derived and get guidance from subject matter experts.

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Resources on COVID-19 Testing Codes
Explore the resources and guidance available from the AMA on using CPT codes related to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing during the global pandemic.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

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AMA Inaugurates New President
Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist, was sworn in on 7 June 2020 as the 175th president of the AMA. Dr. Bailey is the third consecutive woman to hold the office — a first for the AMA.

“Our journey in medicine is simple: Let doctors be doctors,” Dr. Bailey said in her inaugural address to the AMA House of Delegates. “After more than 30 years in a small, private practice, I am a passionate defender of the independent physician, and, like the AMA, I’m determined to remove all those obstacles that have come between us and our patients.”

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Cyprus Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Marks Year of Progress
The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) and the American Medical Association (AMA) marked the one year anniversary of the adoption of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and the significant health care progress that the medical code set has enabled in the last year. Since the agreement, the HIO has been using CPT content to improve standardization and data quality. This has had an important impact not only on the HIO’s ability to track data, but also impacts their claims management as well.

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Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Coding Essentials: Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery 2021
The SMBP monitoring approach requires a device that has been validated for clinical accuracy. Two new codes, 99473 and 99474, were established in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2020 code set to report work and practice expense associated with SMBP monitoring. These new codes are located in the Digitally Stored Data Services/Remote Physiologic Monitoring subsection of the Evaluation and Management (E/M) section.
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) Coding Essentials: Orthopedics: Upper Extremities and Spine 2021

The services included in the CPT® Special Otorhinolaryngologic Services subsection include diagnostic and treatment services that are not included in an evaluation and management service and, therefore, may be separately reported. In the CPT 2020 code set, code 92548 (CDP) was revised and code 92549 was added. This article provides the rationale behind these changes and clarifies the correct coding for these procedures.

 

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