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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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Governor Newsom issued a directive requiring health insurance companies to waive member cost-sharing amounts for screening and testing for the COVID-19 disease.
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What CPT code do I use with a COVID-19 test?

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The American Medical Association (AMA) approved new additions to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set to help streamline data-driven resource and allocation planning. For more information, see the AMA CPT COVID-19 CPT Coding and Guidance webpage.
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Per Title17 Section 2500 of the California Code of Regulations, cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), must be reported immediately by telephone to the local health officer for the jurisdiction where the patient resides. For questions about COVID-19 reporting or other communicable disease reporting requirements, please contact your local health department. The specific COVID-19 reporting form can be found hereThe CDC has also provided guidance for Risk Assessment and Work Restriction...
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The State of California has launched this website, which allows physicians and patients to search for and map to the closes testing sites.
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance that employers may administer a COVID-19 test (a test to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus) to employees prior to entering the workplace.
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| Categories: Hospital and Medical Staff, Labor and Personnel, Testing
The market is flooded with commercially available so called “rapid serology tests” that resemble home pregnancy tests. The technology is a lateral flow immunoassay performed on a finger-stick blood sample.
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What are testing protocols for COVID-19?

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CDPH has issued guidance regarding prioritization of patients for laboratory testing, which is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California.  California has also established the California Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration working group with stakeholders across the state to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Testing Task Force’s priority is to ensure California has e...
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Physicians should report laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases to their local public health departments. Your local public health department may have issued specific guidance regarding testing, reporting, and managing COVID-19 cases; check your department’s website for more information. 
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Quest and LabCorp indicate that they are performing COVID-19 tests and have information on their websites regarding how the tests can be ordered.
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Due to the range in symptoms presented in confirmed cases, ranging from asymptomatic to severe illness, whether a patient has COVID-19 can only be determined through a positive laboratory test for COVID-19. See CDC Guidance “Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings” for additional information about infection control and triaging patients.
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