AMA adds new CPT code for COVID-19 antigen tests

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated its Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) to include a new code for reporting antigen testing of patients suspected to have SARS-CoV-2.

The new code -- 87426 -- is intended for use as the industry standard for reporting and tracking of antigen tests using immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic techniques for the detection of biomolecules produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the AMA. The code was approved on June 24 during a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel.

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