CMS develops specific billing code for coronavirus test

The Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Solutions has made a new Health care Widespread Course of action Coding Technique code for suppliers to monthly bill the lab exam of the coronavirus.

The HCPCS code enables labs to monthly bill for the specific exam rather of employing an unspecified code.

Health care suppliers who have to have to exam individuals for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, employing the Facilities for Disorder Command and Avoidance 2019 Novel Coronavirus Actual Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Check Panel may perhaps monthly bill for that exam employing the freshly created HCPCS code (U0001).

The Medicare claims processing technique will be equipped to settle for this code on April 1 for dates of service on or after February 4. HCPCS is a standardized coding technique that Medicare and other well being insurers use to post claims for expert services offered to individuals. 


CMS has taken this action to ensure America’s health care services and clinical laboratories are prepared to answer to the risk of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Obtaining a specific code enables for superior monitoring of the public well being reaction for this individual pressure of the coronavirus to enable secure people today from the unfold of this infectious condition, CMS stated. 

THE Bigger Craze

The Facilities for Disorder Command and Avoidance on Wednesday confirmed the 15th U.S. infection with COVID-19 in the United States.

The individual is among the a group of people today less than a federal quarantine get at JBSA-Lackland in Texas because of their recent return to the U.S. on a Condition Division-chartered flight that arrived on February seven.

On Wednesday evening, Chinese well being officials in the Hubei province claimed 242 new fatalities and fourteen,840 new instances of the coronavirus. The variety of new instances jumped by much more than fourteen,000 partly thanks to a broader definition of what constitutes a confirmed case, to involve people today diagnosed on the foundation of their signs or symptoms somewhat than tests good, according to a CNN report.

The throughout the world loss of life toll stands at 1,357 and the variety of confirmed instances is much more than sixty,000, according to CBS.

On February 6, CMS issued a memo to enable the nation’s health care services consider measures to prepare for COVID-19.

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