Serology (antibody) Testing and COVID-19 Related Services
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and its subsidiary BlueChoice® HealthPlan covers testing to diagnose COVID-19 when ordered by an attending healthcare physician and provided at the point-of-care for members who are symptomatic and are concerned about infection, for the purpose of identifying and treating active disease.
Serology (antibody) testing will only be covered when medically appropriate for an individual, as determined and ordered by their physician, after an evaluation is completed and in accordance with accepted standards of current medical practice. Serology testing should not be used solely to diagnosis the COVID-19 infection. Refer to CAM 244 for additional details.
Two CPT codes were created April 10, 2020 related to serology (antibody) testing:
86328 - Immunoassay for infectious agent antibody(ies), qualitative or semi quantitative, single step method (e.g., reagent strip); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19])