The American Medical Association has created a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code, 87635, to report laboratory testing services that diagnose the presence of the novel coronavirus.
AMA Creates CPT Code for Coronavirus Test
New CPT Code Is “Industry Standard” for COVID-19 Antigen Testing
Charts Point You in the Right Direction When Coding for Telemedicine
Use “Time, MDM” for Medicare Telehealth Coding
MGMA Coding Cheat Sheet (MGMA)
ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines on COVID-19 April 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020 (CDC)
ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines - Supplement Coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak (CDC, Feb. 20, 2020)
Coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak (CDC, Feb. 20, 2020)
New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), October 1, 2020 (CDC, Feb. 20, 2020)
Coding During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Physicians Practice, March 18, 2020)
AMA Coding Advice During COVID-19 (AMA, March 26, 2020)
AAP: Coding for Telemedicine Services (AAP, Jan. 2020)
ACP: COVID-19 Telehealth Coding and Billing Practice Management Tips (ACP, March 30, 2020)
Go to the COVID-19 Resource Center
In the wake of COVID-19, TMA is getting calls about which payers are covering telemedicine. TMA developed this quick reference guide to help you navigate telemedicine reimbursement. This table now reflects Medicare’s waiver of the geographic and place of service restrictions for Medicare (which means patients can now be at home).
Additionally, the Governor directed TDI to issue an emergency rule related to the payment of telemedicine to allow state-regulated plans (about 20% of the commercial market in Texas) to allow telephone and telemedicine visits to be paid at the same rate as in-office visits. If you are not sure which patients are regulated by TDI, check this guide. Stay tuned for more detail.
Updated July 27, 2020
Do you fully understand the coding and documentation guidelines? Nationwide studies suggest the answer to this question may be “no.” Common coding myths may be a contributing factor to revenue loss and risk of a formal audit in your practice.
Utilize the tools below to assist with your coding questions.
Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services Documentation Guidelines - CMS
Medicare Fee Schedules
Sample Letter: Appeal Letter for Services Incorrectly Denied
Sample Letter: Getting to Know a Carrier's Surgical Billing Principles
Use these links to get to more coding resources.
AMA CPT®: Current Procedural Terminology
Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services
TMA Knowledge Center
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Learn some coding basics as well as more specific information about correct coding in these articles by TMA.
Back to Basics — Documentation 101 and Self-Auditing
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The transition to the new ICD-10 coding system took effect on Oct. 1, 2015. Do you need some guidance? TMA has you covered with a variety of tools and resources to get you up to speed.
Go to the ICD-10 Resource Center
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