AMA announces vaccine-specific CPT codes for coronavirus immunizations

The American Medical Association (AMA) added new vaccine-specific codes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. AMA's CPT Editorial Panel, which worked with CDC, approved a unique CPT code for each of two coronavirus vaccines as well as administration codes unique to each such vaccine.

The American Medical Association (AMA) added new vaccine-specific codes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. AMA's CPT Editorial Panel, which worked with CDC, approved a unique CPT code for each of two coronavirus vaccines as well as administration codes unique to each such vaccine. The new CPT codes clinically distinguish each coronavirus vaccine to enhance the tracking, reporting, and evaluation that underpin data-driven planning and allocation. The CPT codes are available prior to the public availability of the COVID-19 vaccines to facilitate revisions to health care electronic systems nationwide. AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, said: "Correlating each coronavirus vaccine with its own unique CPT code provides analytical advantages to help track, allocate, and optimize resources as an immunization program ramps up in the United States." In addition, the CPT Editorial Panel collaborated with CMS to create new vaccine administration codes that are specific to each coronavirus vaccine as well as particular doses in the required schedule.