UnitedHealthcare Extends National Public Health Emergency

UnitedHealthcare Extends National Public Health Emergency Temporary Program Changes, they recognize that the persistence of COVID-19 cases across the country continues to have an impact on the healthcare system – both for COVID-19-related care as well as for regular preventive visits. To provide ongoing support to members and providers, UnitedHealthcare is extending many of the COVID-19 temporary programs, process, and coverage change through Oct. 22, 2020. Full details, including applicable benefit plans and service information, can be found online.

Implementation of these temporary changes may vary by the health plan and for self-funded customers. State-specific and Medicaid rules, regulations, date limitations, or exclusions may also apply.

UnitedHealthcare National Public Health Emergency Changes:

  • Cost-share waivers for COVID-19 testing-related visits, testing (diagnostic and antibody), and treatment.
  • Telehealth coverage for COVID-19-related services for in- and out-of-network providers.
  • Telehealth coverage for non-COVID-19-related services for in- and out-of-network providers.
  • Implementation by health plans may vary.

To help support you, our Summary of COVID-19 Dates by Program summarizes the temporary measures for easy reference. And, the COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Billing Guide has helpful coding guidance to assist with claim submissions.

UnitedHealthcare thanks all health care professionals for their continued efforts toward helping our members and communities stay healthy. During this unique and challenging time, ensuring that our members can access the care they need is critically important.

We’ll continue to monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as state and local public health departments and adjust our processes accordingly. For UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 related resources for providers, learn more at UHCprovider.com/covid19.

 

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