Published 3/23/2020, last updated 4/6/2020

Medical Coding for COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

Optum360® is committed to ensuring that you have the information you need to effectively and efficiently address COVID-19 from a medical coding, billing and reimbursement perspective. We have compiled information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), American Medical Association (AMA), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), so you can easily access the most up-to-date medical code detail and effective dates in one convenient place.

COVID-19 ICD-10-CM Coding

There is one new ICD-10-CM code for COVID-19, effective April 1, 2020:

U07.1 COVID-19

The CDC posted the official ICD-10-CM Coding and Reporting Guidelines for COVID-19 for April 1, 2020-September 30, 2020.

Summary of COVID-19 code changes as of 4.6.2020 (144 KB).

COVID-19 CPT® Coding

One new CPT® code was created for reporting new coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) COVID-19 testing, effective March 13, 2020.

87635   Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (New Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique)

NOTE: A HCPCS code and CPT® code should not be reported together. Providers should contact third-party payer(s) for reporting either a CPT® or a HCPCS code, as well as for retroactive billing and reimbursement guidelines.

Summary of COVID-19 code changes as of 4.6.2020 (144 KB).


Two new HCPCS Level II codes were created for new coronavirus testing, effective April 1, 2020, for dates of service starting February 4, 2020.

U0001   CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel For tests developed only by the CDC (reporting allows CDC testing laboratories to test new patients and track new cases).

U0002   2019-nCoV Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19), any technique, multiple types or subtypes (includes all targets), non-CDC

For laboratories performing non-CDC testing.

Summary of COVID-19 code changes as of 4.6.2020 (144 KB).

COVID-19 DRG Coding

The CMS has released an update to the ICD-10 MS-DRG grouper software package to accommodate the new diagnosis code, U07.1 for COVID-19, effective with discharges on and after April 1, 2020.

The ICD-10 MS-DRG Grouper assigns each case into an MS-DRG based on the reported diagnosis and procedure codes and demographic information (age, sex, and discharge status).

The assignment of new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code U07.1 COVID-19 is as follows:

Diagnosis Code Description CC MDC MS-DRG
U07.1 COVID-19 MCC

Summary of COVID-19 code changes as of 4.6.2020 (144 KB).

Optum360 COVID-19 Product Updates

We recognize our coders rely on various resources and tools to access the most up-to-date medical codes. We are committed to ensuring you have all the information you need regarding COVID-19 codes, guidelines and effective dates.

Content updates pertaining to COVID-19 for your 2020 edition print books are now posted online:

ICD-10-CM (90 KB) | CPT® (55 KB) | HCPCS (63 KB) | DRG (140 KB)

Optum360 online coding tools (e.g.,, etc.) published the necessary code and reference content updates on April 1, 2020. More information will be posted to the various online coding tool homepages – please sign in for details.

Optum360 data file/web service content is updated to include new COVID-19 codes. Please refer to the above-mentioned effective dates to comply with CDC, NCHS, AMA, and CMS guidelines. Log in to the data vault to access the newest content updates.

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