Laboratory Question for the Week of April 20, 2020

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week


Can you tell me about the new HCPCS COVID-19 codes released in Feb and March?


Previously, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had developed and released two new HCPCS codes to report SARS-CoV-2 testing on Medicare claims. Code U0001 is to be used when testing patients for SARS-CoV-2 with CDC tests, while code U0002 is to be used when performing non-CDC tests for SARS-CoV-2. Be sure to follow individual payer policies as to whether the CPT code (87635) or a HCPCS code (U0001, U0002) should be reported.

U0001 CDC 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) real-time RT-PCR diagnostic panel
U0002 2019-nCoV coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19), any technique, multiple types or subtypes (includes all targets), non-CDC

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