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Laboratory Question for the Week of February 22, 2021

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What is the purpose of COVID codes 87636 and 87637?

Answer:

CPT® codes 87636 and 87637 allow for a single test to simultaneously detect the novel coronavirus and a combination of common viral infectious agents, including influenza A/B and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In discussing these tests, the AMA has stated that “concurrent detection promises to conserve important testing resources, allowing for ongoing surveillance of influenza while testing for the novel coronavirus.”

87636 Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]) and influenza virus types A and B, multiplex amplified probe technique
87637 Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), influenza virus types A and B, and respiratory syncytial virus, multiplex amplified probe technique

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