New CPT® Code for COVID-19 Testing Added as a Medi-Cal Benefit

July 10, 2020

Effective for dates of service on or after June 25, 2020, the American Medical Association created a new code for reporting antigen testing of patients suspected of being infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). CPT code 87426 is intended for use as the industry standard for accurate reporting and tracking of antigen tests using immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic technique for the detection of biomolecules produced by COVID-19. This code is a Medi-Cal benefit.

Updated manual pages will be released in a future Medi-Cal Update.