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New Genetic Test for Severe Inherited Conditions

By:  Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT, Director of Content
Published:  January 3rd, 2019

For 2019 a new code has been introduced (81443) which represents genetic testing for 15 genes associated with severe, inherited conditions. The results of this test may be used to identify carrier status during prenatal genetic counseling, confirm a clinical diagnosis, or identify at-risk family members for the following severe inherited conditions:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Ashkenazi Jewish-associated disorders
    • Bloom syndrome
    • Canavan disease
    • Fanconi anemia Type C
    • Mucolipidosis type VI
    • Gaucher disease
    • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Beta hemoglobinopathies
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Galactosemia

Some CPT codes already exist for reporting individual genomic conditions; however, this particular test is reported when a minimum of 15 specific genes are tested at the same time. Within the code description, CPT identifies 20 specific genes that are linked to severe inherited disorders.

Be aware of the coding guidelines when reporting 81443 to know which additional codes may be reported at the same time and those which are bundled. To assist with correctly identifying bundled services, use the Find-A-Code NCCI Code Validator Tool to check for any NCCI bundling edits.

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