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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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CDPH has updated guidance for providers seeking COVID-19 testing for patients, which includes how to access testing, equipment needed to obtain a specimen and reporting the results.
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What CPT code do I use with a COVID-19 test?

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The American Medical Association (AMA) approved a new addition to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set to help streamline data-driven resource and allocation planning. For quick reference, the new Category I CPT code and long descriptor are: 87635: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique. (03/13/20)
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Governor Newsom issued a directive requiring health insurance companies to waive member cost-sharing amounts for screening and testing for the COVID-19 disease.
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