COVID-19 News and Updates

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Director’s Office Urges Youth Screening (November 23, 2020)

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its Divisions, including the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP), are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on rates of anxiety, depression and suicide among youth. The Department would like to bring to your attention the importance of the role you play as a provider in mental health screening and early identification of mental and behavioral health difficulties. The DHHS and its Divisions respectfully request that providers make an extra effort to screen all youth more frequently.

 

COVID-19 information from Anthem – October 22, 2020

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.

 

Attention All Providers: New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding Available (October 13, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Deadline for Provider Relief Fund Has Been Extended to August 3, 2020 (July 23, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced the distribution of approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

HHS announces additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers (6/15/2020)

On June 9, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS is also announcing an additional distribution of Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals.

 

COVID-19 update: Guidance for telehealth/telephonic care for behavioral health services (June 9, 2020)

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.

 

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.

 

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 December 31, 2020.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.