What is CPT Code 87635 ?
Physicians can begin billing for COVID-19 testing with the 87635 CPT Code. The code is used to report tests performed to detect the virus. The new code was approved by the American Medical Association on April 10, 2020. The AMA has made a special edition fact sheet that addresses the new codes. The CDC will be updating the document for the 2020 billing cycle. The changes will be part of the CPT 2021 code set.
Patients may not be aware of this new code until their medical records system begins to process it. This CPT code will appear in the CPT 2021 code set, which will be available later this year. The AMA has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health care experts to ensure that the new CPT code meets the needs of the healthcare community. This new CPT code is intended to be an improvement over its predecessors.
87635 CPT Code replaces codes 87631 and 87633
These are proprietary laboratory analyses codes for the detection of multiple respiratory viruses. They should be used by non-Medicare payers. The new codes for COVID-19 testing include the HCPCS code U0001 and U0002. If the test is performed by a non-CDC testing laboratory, the code should be assigned to the CDC.
The new CPT Code 87635 was recently announced by the American Medical Association. It is intended to make data-driven resource planning and allocation easier, especially for physicians. This code will describe novel coronavirus testing, which requires a nucleic acid and RNA test. While it is currently a medium and short descriptor, it is expected to become a full-featured code by the end of 2020.
New code for detecting COVID-19
The new code for detecting COVID-19 infections is a part of the pathology and laboratory section of the CPT code set. This test is performed using a nucleic acid assay that detects multiple respiratory viruses. In addition, the new code will streamline reporting of SARS-CoV-2 tests. This change is effective as of April 10, 2020. The CPT code for COVID-19 testing has not changed, but it will be incorporated in the CPT 2021 code set.
The new code for COVID-19 is a diagnostic tool used by healthcare providers to detect and report the presence of the disease. The procedure can detect multiple respiratory viruses including influenza, adenoviruses, and rhinoviruses. CDC guidelines for specimen collection recommend collecting swabs from different pharyngeal locations. Patients presenting with COVID 19 symptoms are encouraged to use the CPT code 87635 for reporting.