This week, the AMA published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set that includes two Category 1 code additions for reporting medical services sparked by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New code 99072 was established to report additional practice expenses incurred during a Public Health Emergency (PHE), including supplies and additional clinical staff time. New code 86413 was established to report quantitative antibody detection for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Both additions to the code set have been approved for immediate use.
The long descriptors for both codes are:
• 99072 - 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
Additional coding and guidance information, including the short and medium descriptors, can be accessed on the AMA website
, along with several other recent modifications to the CPT code set that have helped streamline the public health response to the SAR-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease.