The Mississippi Division of Medicaid recently released a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for Coronavirus (COVID-19) using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Test Panel. 

The HCPCS code for this test is U00001. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the Medicare claims processing system will be able to accept this code on April 1, 2020, for dates of service on or after February 4, 2020.

Using this code will allow labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also developed additional ICD-10-CM codes for coding encounters related to COVID-19, which can be viewed here.


Stay Up To Date - Links

Mississippi COVID-19 Case Map (number of cases affected by county)

Mississippi State Dept. of Health - COVID-19 Resource Page

MSMA - COVID-19 Resource Page

Mississippi Division of Medicaid - Telehealth Services Extended, 1135 Waiver Requested

Mississippi Insurance Dept. - Bulletin Insurance Coverage Regarding Use of Telemedicine during COVID-19 Crisis (3/16/20)