AMA Approves Two Additional CPT Codes to Support COVID-19 Response

9/10/2020
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.