On Tuesday, CMS released the long awaited payment rates for two commercial coronavirus serological testing codes published last month by the American Medical Association. Serological testing looks for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, but not the virus itself.
The agency announced it would pay $42.13 for the multi-step method (86769) and $45.23 for the single-step method (86328).
- 86328 ($45.23) — Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), single-step immunoassay. For antibody testing using the multi-step method, use 86769.
- 86769 ($42.13) — Antibody; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). For detection of antibodies other than those to infectious agents, see specific antibody or specific method.
Our full breakdown of COVID-19 testing codes can be viewed here.