COVID-19 News and Updates

Expansion of COVID-19 Testing Criteria

Focusing solely on testing symptomatic patients may not be sufficient to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. Testing expansion is urgently required to determine the impact of asymptomatic cases on viral spread.

 

COVID-19 update: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions suspends select prior authorization rules and announces significant policy adjustments in response to unprecedented demands on health care providers

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions (Anthem) recognizes the intense demands facing doctors, hospitals and all health care providers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, unless otherwise required under state and federal mandates as detailed below, Anthem health plans will suspend select prior authorization (PA) requirements, member cost sharing, claims review and handling protocols to allow health care providers to focus on caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 information from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions (Anthem) is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and how the novel coronavirus will impact our customers and provider partners. Click below for the latest information for Providers.

 

Listen now! Webinar recording available from Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield for network providers on SBA loans and other federal relief programs in response to COVID‑19

We are committed to helping care providers learn how you can secure resources to support yourselves and your business during the COVID-19 crisis. On April 30, 2020, we hosted a webinar to share information and resources with network providers regarding opportunities to access loans through the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) and other federal programs in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on care providers that are also small employers.

 

COVID-19 update: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions suspends select prior authorization rules and announces significant policy adjustments in response to unprecedented demands on health care providers

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions (Anthem) recognizes the intense demands facing doctors, hospitals and all health care providers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, unless otherwise required under state and federal mandates, Anthem health plans will suspend select prior authorization (PA) requirements, member cost sharing, claims review and handling protocols to allow health care providers to focus on caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

Federal resources available for health care providers and employers in the federal CARES Act

During the COVID-19 crisis, care providers are working to keep the country running while navigating the financial impact it is having on them.

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Solutions waives cost share for COVID-19 treatment

Anthem announced that effective April 1, 2020, we will expand coverage for our members undergoing treatment related to COVID-19 diagnosis. The expansion covers the waiver of cost shares for COVID-19 treatment received through May 31, 2020.

 

COVID-19 update: Guidance for telehealth/telephonic care for behavioral health services

Anthem is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and what it means for our customers and our health care provider partners. Our clinical team is actively monitoring external queries and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us determine what action is necessary on our part. We have made changes to how behavioral health providers can use and be compensated for telehealth (audio + video) and telephonic-only care with their patients.

 

Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Diagnosis Requirements on Prescriptions (March 20, 2020)

Effective March 20, 2020, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions will require a diagnosis code on the prescription. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine will be covered only for FDA-approved indications.

 

Information on COVID-19 from DHCFP

Visit the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy website at http://dhcfp.nv.gov/covid19 and the Nevada Health Response website at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov for important updates related to COVID-19 and its impact on Nevada Medicaid recipients and providers.