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CPT® International News on new COVID-19 CPT codes, new free online training, and more
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covid 19 cpt codes
Two additional codes have been announced by the CPT® Editorial Panel. CPT code 99072 allows for the provision of evaluation, treatment or procedural services during a public health emergency in a setting where extra precautions are taken to ensure the safety of patients as well as health care professionals. The second addition, CPT code 86413, was approved in response to the development of laboratory tests that provide quantitative measurements of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, as opposed to a qualitative assessment (positive/negative) of SAR-CoV-2 antibodies provided by laboratory tests reported by other CPT codes.

For quick reference, the two new Category I CPT codes and long descriptors are:
87635
Additional supplies, materials, and clinical staff time over and above those usually included in an office visit or other non-facility service(s), when performed during a Public Health Emergency as defined by law, due to respiratory-transmitted infectious disease

86413
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]) antibody, quantitative
Short and medium descriptors for codes 99072 and 86413 can be accessed on the AMA website.
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snomed
A new demonstration tool by SNOMED International and the AMA underscores how the CPT® code set and SNOMED CT clinical coding work together to enable better outcomes and improve resource utilization throughout the health ecosystem. The new mutual project illustrates clear ways that health care administrators can leverage the combination of these code sets to elevate the performance of their health system resources within complex clinical care paths in such areas as breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Register for the upcoming 2020 SNOMED CT Expo Virtual Conference on 8-9 October 2020 to learn more.
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CPT 2021
The new 2021 CPT code set will experience 329 editorial changes, including 206 new codes, 54 deletions, 69 revisions. The CPT code set continues to see growth in new and novel areas of medicine, with the majority (63%) of new codes this year involving new technology services described in Category III CPT codes and the continued expansion of the Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) section of the CPT code set.
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UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
October CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
1-3 October 2020
The CPT Editorial Panel has decided to move the CPT® Editorial Panel on 1-3 October 2020 to a virtual format. The proposed agenda for the meeting will be on code application names, code(s) affected, and a description of the request. The agenda and meeting are open to the public from around the globe.
CPT® and RBRVS Annual Symposium
17-20 November 2020
Experience the 2020 CPT® and RBRVS Annual Symposium in a virtual environment. This year’s live streaming event offers attendees the first look at the 2021 CPT code set, directly from members of the CPT Editorial Panel, CPT Advisory Committee and the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). From 17-20 November 2020, join us virtually to be the first to learn about key coding and documentation changes for 2021.
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