COVID-19 Laboratory Resource Center

During these turbulent times, COVID-19 information is changing quickly. XIFIN is committed to helping laboratories and diagnostics providers obtain the information they need, including the latest on testing, testing supply needs, and payor billing requirements.
IMPORTANT: Supplies Needed for COVID-19 Testing

XIFIN is organizing a "Call For Action" to laboratories that are not performing COVID-19 testing who may have extra inventory of specimen collection swabs and transport media, and who are willing to sell them to laboratories that need them. Click to see the full list of needed supplies and direct contact information.

Updated 3/27/20 4:28 PM PDT

COVID-19 Test Billing Updates

With information changing frequently, XIFIN is in daily discussions with each of the major payors, to confirm billing code assignment, any billing specific requirements, and reimbursement information. We will continue to provide live updates as we receive them.

Payor COVID-19 Billing Guidelines Acceptable CPT Code(s)/HCPCS Code(s)
View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
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View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
View Guidelines U0001, U0002 
View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Blue Cross Blue Shield State COVID-19 Billing Guidelines Acceptable CPT Code(s)/HCPCS Code(s)
Alabama View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Alaska View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Arizona Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Arkansas Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
California View Anthem Guidelines U0002, 87635
California View Coding Billing Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Colorado View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Connecticut View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Delaware View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
District of Columbia View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Florida View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Georgia View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Hawaii Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Idaho View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Illinois View Guidelines U0002
Indiana View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Iowa Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Kansas View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Kentucky View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Louisiana View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Maine View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Maryland View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Massachusetts View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Michigan View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Minnesota View Guidelines U0001, U0002 
Mississippi View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Missouri View Anthem Guidelines U0002, 87635
Missouri View Blue KC Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Montana View Guidelines U0002
Nebraska Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Nevada View Guidelines U0002, 87635
New Hampshire View Guidelines U0002, 87635
New Jersey View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
New Mexico View Guidelines U0002
New York Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
New York View Western NY Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
New York View Northeastern NY Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
New York View Excellus Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
North Carolina View Guidelines U0002, 87635
North Dakota View Guidelines U0001, U0002 
Ohio View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Oklahoma View Guidelines U0002
Oregon View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Pennsylvania Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Pennsylvania View Highmark HBS Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Pennsylvania View Highmark BCBS Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Pennsylvania View Independence Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Puerto Rico Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Rhode Island View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
South Carolina View Guidelines U0001, U0002 
South Dakota Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
Tennessee View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Texas View Guidelines U0002
Utah View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Vermont View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Virginia View Anthem VA Guidelines U0002, 87635
Virginia View Carefirst Guidelines U0002, 87635
Washington View Premera Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Washington View Regence Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
West Virginia View Guidelines U0001, U0002, 87635
Wisconsin View Guidelines U0002, 87635
Wyoming Confirmed via Provider Relations call. U0001, U0002, 87635
States Website Accepted CPT/HCPCS Code(s)
Alabama View Resource U0001, U0002
Alaska View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Arizona View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Arkansas View Resource U0001, U0002
California View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Colorado View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Connecticut View Resource U0001, U0002
Delaware View Resource U0001, U0002
Florida View Resource U0001, U0002
Georgia View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Hawaii View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Idaho View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Illinois View Resource U0002
Indiana View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Iowa View Resource U0001, U0002
Kansas View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Kentucky View Resource U0001, U0002
Louisiana View Resource U0002
Maine View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Maryland View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Massachusetts View Resource U0002
Michigan View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Minnesota View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Mississippi View Resource U0001, U0002
Missouri View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Montana View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Nebraska View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Nevada View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
New Hampshire View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
New Jersey View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
New Mexico View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
New York View Resource U0001, U0002
North Carolina View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
North Dakota View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Ohio View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Oklahoma View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Oregon View Resource U0001, U0002
Pennsylvania View Resource U0001, U0002
Rhode Island View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
South Carolina View Resource U0001, U0002
South Dakota View Resource U0001, U0002
Tennessee View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Texas View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Utah View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Vermont View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Virginia View Resource U0001, U0002
Washington View Resource U0001, U0002
West Virginia View Resource U0001, U0002
Wisconsin View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
Wyoming View Resource U0001, U0002, 87635
COVID-19 Billing Background

Due to the emergent nature of the public health concern surrounding the novel coronavirus testing, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) developed specific billing codes to help increase testing and track new cases.

 On February 13, 2020, CMS developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2.  HCPCS code U0001 is used for CDC testing laboratories.  On February 29, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new policy for certain laboratories to develop their own validated COVID-19 diagnostic test.  HCPCS code U0002 was announced on March 5, 2020, which allows these laboratories to bill for non-CDC laboratory tests for SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19).   

 On March 13, 2020, the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel convened in a special meeting and approved a new code to describe the laboratory test for severe acute respiratory syndrome corona-virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  Although, not included in the 2020 CPT publication, CPT code 87635 (Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique; is effective immediately for use to report this test service.  It will be included in the 2021 code set in the Microbiology subsection under the Pathology and Laboratory section of the CPT manual.

COVID-19 Billing Resources and Updates


CPT Coding Guidance and SARS-CoV-2 Test Reporting

ICD-10 coding for COVID-19 FAQ

Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) COVID-19 Test Pricing

COVID-19 testing volumes and advocacy efforts

Testing resources, lab collaboration info, and advocacy updates

Interim Guidance and Resources for Laboratory Professionals

COVID-19: Steps XIFIN Is Taking

With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continuing its spread around the world, we at XIFIN recognize the responsibility we have to our employees, customers, and partners during this critical time. The health and well-being of our team, our clients, and our clients’ employees are of the utmost importance to us.

As a critical partner to your business, we understand that limiting the impact of this health event on our service is imperative. We are keenly focused on our business continuity planning efforts to maintain a safe work environment for our associates and to sustain our business operations.

Security and safety are integral to our products, business processes, and infrastructure. We have a robust, global, integrated Business Continuity Program in place that is managed by a dedicated team of experts who are working hard to keep our operations running smoothly so that we can provide you with the best possible service.

As such, we have activated our Business Continuity Plan, which includes:

  • Enabling work from home capabilities
  • Deploying a global strategy to coordinate the delivery of services and support to our clients
  • Providing our teams with information and best practices to prevent the spread of any illness
  • Coordinating global and local communications with our employees, clients, and partners
  • Limiting all non-essential business travel

We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and will shift workloads as necessary to do what we can to ensure essential services remain fully operative. XIFIN has demonstrated support to our clients in past emergency situations, and in dealing with the present circumstances, we remain unwavering in our efforts to deliver essential services to all our clients. We are keeping those directly affected by this virus in our thoughts, and send our best wishes for health and safety.