• New codes launch for monkeypox lab testing, vaccination

    In response to the ongoing spread of the monkeypox virus, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released coding guidance for laboratory testing and vaccine administration. The new codes are effective for immediate use. The laboratory test describes the molecular diagnostic testing that detects the nucleic signature of an orthopoxvirus, while the vaccine codes describe the two smallpox and monkeypox virus products currently available.

    Laboratory test code

    87593: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); orthopoxvirus (eg, monkeypox virus, cowpox virus, vaccinia virus), amplified probe technique, each

    Product code

    90622: Vaccinia (smallpox) virus vaccine, live, lyophilized, 0.3 mL dosage, for percutaneous use

    90611: Smallpox and monkeypox vaccine, attenuated vaccinia virus, live, non-replicating, preservative free, 0.5 mL dosage, suspension, for subcutaneous use

    Full descriptors can be found on the AMA’s website. The AMA has also released a special edition CPT Assistant guide on monkeypox.

    Visit the AAFP website to stay up to date on monkeypox.

    — Erin Solis, manager of practice and payment, American Academy of Family Physicians

    Posted on August 2, 2022, by Erin Solis

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