The purpose of this News Article is to provide advance notice regarding coverage for preventive well visits through telemedicine for our Independence commercial members in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This News Article addressing preventive well visits through telemedicine is effective from March 6, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and is subject to reevaluation for the duration of the public health emergency.
There is currently an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, which has now been detected internationally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). The SARS-CoV-2 virus has demonstrated the capability to rapidly spread, leading to significant impacts on healthcare systems and causing societal disruption. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high globally. To effectively respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, rapid detection of cases and contacts, appropriate clinical management and infection control, and implementation of community mitigation efforts are critical.
To help reduce potential exposure, members and participating providers may utilize telemedicine services to perform components of a preventive well visit as detailed below and available as part of a member’s plan.
Preventive well visits performed through telemedicine are considered eligible for reimbursement consideration when both of the following criteria are met: