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Administrative Bulletin Temporarily Adding an Additional Code for Certain Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

May 26, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, on May 11, 2020, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) published Administrative Bulletin 20-46, temporarily adding an additional CPT code for certain ABA services established in 101 CMR 358.00: Rates of Payment for Applied Behavior Analysis. 

The temporary CPT code 97156 described in the Administrative Bulletin applies to dates of service from May 11, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Early Intervention programs can bill the service during this timeframe using the updated CPT code set forth in the bulletin.

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