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

March 27, 2020: Cigna to Allow Providers to Bill Standard Face-to-Face Visit for Telehealth, Including Telephone-Only
March 26, 2020: Humana Encouraging Use of Telehealth; Temporarily Updates Policy to Include Phone Service
March 25, 2020: KMA, Foundation for Healthy Kentucky Release COVID-19 PSAs
March 24, 2020: Anthem Expands Coverage to Include Telephone-only Services for 90-Days
March 23, 2020: KMA Signs on to Letter Requesting Congressional Support for Physicians
March 20, 2020: Medicaid Rules for Telehealth Services
March 20, 2020: New Medicare Rules for Telehealth Services
March 19, 2020: A Message from Dr. Stack
March 19, 2020: Physician Responses to Practice Changes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
March 18, 2020: Order Regarding Office Visits/Outpatient Procedures; Telehealth and HIPPA
March 17, 2020: URGENT: HHS Office for Civil Rights Will Not Impose Penalties on Physicians Using Telehealth in Event of Noncompliance Under HIPAA
March 17, 2020: A Message from KMA President Brent Wright, M.D.
March 16, 2020: Update for Physicians
March 14, 2020: Gov. Beshear Requesting Hospitals Cease All Elective Procedures by EOB March 18
March 12, 2020: AMA Coronavirus Resource Page for Physicians and downloadable guide
March 11, 2020: Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware

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.


COVID-19 PSA Video: Stay Home

COVID-19 PSA Video: Mental Health

COVID-19 PSA Video: Call First

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

Smoking/Vaping May Increase Complications of COVID-19

Kentucky Department for Public Health Emergency Dept. Flow Chart for COVID-19 Testing

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Guidance

Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Department of Public Health Directive on Elective Medical Procedures

Kentucky Registration for Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Practitioners

Advisory on Patient Refills during Declaration of Emergency

Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) Provider Guidance on COVID-19

HHS/CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declarations and Waivers

HHS Waiver or Modification of Requirements Under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Provider Fact Sheet


Medicare Rules for Telehealth Services

Medicaid Rules for Telehealth Services

Anthem Expands Coverage to Include Telephone-only Services for 90-Days

Aetna Expands Telehealth Coverage for 90 Days

Humana Telehealth Temporarily Includes Phone Service

CIGNA Broadens Coverage for Virtual Care Allowing for Phone-only Services

Kentucky Department of Insurance: Telehealth Remote Communications

CMS: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

HHS / OCR: Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

SAMHSA: DEA Information on Prescribing for Controlled Substance by Telemedicine

Guidance on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

DEA Guidance: Exemption Allowing Alternate Delivery Methods for OTPs

SAMHSA Opioid Treatment (OTP) Guidance