AMA Fact Sheet: Reporting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Laboratory Testing
Due to the emergent nature of the public health concern surrounding novel coronavirus testing, the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a new, specific CPT code to describe laboratory testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This code is effective immediately for use in reporting this testing service. (Note that code 87635 is not in the CPT 2020 publication; however, it will be included in the CPT 2021 code set in the Microbiology subsection of the Pathology and Laboratory section.)
87635: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA);severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique
Use of code 87635 will help to efficiently report and track testing services related to SARS-CoV-2 and will streamline the reporting and reimbursement for this test in the United States
Find the entire fact sheet from the American Medical Association here.