AMA releases COVID-19 coding resources

The American Medical Association (AMA) is promoting several key coding resources that medical practices can use during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This includes an ‘Outlines Coding Scenarios’ resource that is “designed to help health care professionals apply best coding practices. AMA says that, “The scenarios include telehealth services for all patients. Examples specifically related to COVID-19 testing include coding for when a patient: comes to the office for E/M visit, and is tested for COVID-19 during the visit; receives a telehealth visit re: COVID-19 and is directed to come to physician office or physician’s group practice site for testing; receives a virtual check-in/online visit re: COVID-19 (not related to E/M visit), and is directed to come to physician office for testing; and more.”

AMA has also developed a ‘CPT reporting for COVID-19 testing’ quick-reference flowchart.

And AMA has created a web page that outlines CMS payment policies and regulatory flexibilities related to COVID-19.

AMA COVID-19 Resource Center