The KMA is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as Coronavirus, as new details emerge. Physicians are urged to follow guidance from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Centers for Disease Control.
Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack, M.D. has prepared the following special video message for KMA members regarding the virus.
Physicians Asked by Commissioner Stack to Send Suggestions, Information to KMA
At this time, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Stack has asked for physicians to contact the KMA with any suggestions or information that may be helpful as we work to mitigate the outbreak of cases. Members may email Lindy Lady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anthem Announces Waiver for Coronavirus Testing
Anthem, Inc., announced that it will eliminate additional costs for members in its affiliated health plans by providing coverage of the coronavirus screening test at no out-of-pocket-cost. The company also confirmed that prior authorization is not required for diagnostic services related to COVID-19 testing. It is also encouraging members to utilize telehealth when possible and for members who have a pharmacy benefit plan to consider asking for 90-day supplies of medications.
The announcement and additional details are available here.
AMA – AMA Physician's Guide to COVID-19
CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
KCHFS – COVID-19 Healthcare Providers and Laboratory Services
NEJM – Coronavirus (Covid-19) collection of articles and other resources
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Guidance
HHS/CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declarations and Waivers
Guidance on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)