CMS has released a second emergency code for the testing of CORVID-19. To find out more about this update, read the article below and click on the links to see how you are covered.
As of Friday, March 6th, CMS released a second emergency code for CORVID-19 testing. Unlike HCPCS code U0001, which was released last month, U0002 will be used by laboratories to bill for non-CDC SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (CORVID-19).
HCPCS code U0001 was enacted to bill for tests and to track new cases of the virus. CMS and Medicare claim processing systems will begin accepting these codes as of April 1st for dates of service on or after February 4th of this year.
Check with individual payers for guidance based on your contracts with them.
CMS has also released three different fact sheets related to the virus. Click on the links below for more information regarding these updates from CMS: