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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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There are many factors that physicians should consider when reopening their practices, particularly with respect to employment issues. Physicians should first review state and local governmental guidance on the rules related to reopening, and what precautionary measures should be in place before resuming operations. Physician employers, in consultation with their professional liability carrier or practice attorney, should also develop and institute plans for workplace and patient safety, to incl...
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While certain shelter-in-place restrictions have been lifted under Stage 2 of Governor Newsom’s statewide reopening plan, individual counties may have kept more restrictive orders in place. Employers and employees should review both state and local guidance when determining if employees are eligible for emergency paid sick leave solely because they are subject to an isolation order. Importantly, even in counties who are safely reopening under Stage 2, employees at businesses that are allow...
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CDPH has updated guidance for providers seeking COVID-19 testing for patients, which includes how to access testing, equipment needed to obtain a specimen and reporting the results.
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