The latest COVID-19 updates

01/29/2021

Here’s the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news for you:

  • The Temporary Payment Policy: Supplemental Telehealth Guidelines — Commercial/Medicare Advantage has been updated to reflect the extension of the federal public health emergency. It will now be in effect until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, unless amended.
  • The Medical Policy: Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — Commercial/Medicare Advantage, effective Feb. 11, 2021, (RETIRED as of 11/10/2021) has been updated to include new 2021 codes.
  • Language matters when communicating about COVID-19 vaccinations. EmblemHealth, ConnectiCare’s parent company, conducted a study in anticipation of the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. It found that people generally prefer the terms “vaccination” and “immunization” to “shot.” Read details of the study – including its implications for conversations you have with patients.

Please refer to our dedicated COVID-19 page for the latest news and the most up-to-date information.