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You can complement your COVID-19 coding arsenal with two new additions -- testing code 86413 and extra services code 99072 -- as the AMA continues to build out its CPT code set in response to the ongoing public health emergency (PHE).
 
 
Practices may have at least five new COVID-related diagnosis codes to use starting in January 2021, according to updates announced today. The new codes would be in addition to the ICD-10-CM code and guideline changes set to take effect Oct. 1 this year.
 
On June 12 Andrea Smith, practice manager for Constance M. Chen, M.D., PC, a boutique plastic and reconstructive surgery office in New York City, told Part B News how their practice was handling its PPE needs in month four of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently got back in touch to see how she was doing.
CMS and the CDC agree: If your practice is testing for COVID-19, a physician or qualified health care professional should counsel the tested patients about what to do and what to expect while they wait for results, and they can be paid for the counseling.
 
Coders and medical practice staff can get a head start on a series of updated rules for diagnosis coding – the 2021 version of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines on Coding and Reporting was issued today – weeks ahead of the typical early August release date.
 

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