Outpatient Healthcare Facility Infection Control Recommendations for Suspect COVID-19 Patients

California Department of Health February 28, 2020 TO:Outpatient Healthcare FacilitiesSUBJECT:Outpatient Healthcare Facility Infection Control Recommendations for Suspect COVID-19 Patients ​ Suspect COVID-19 infection in patients with: fever or signs/symptoms of respiratory illness AND a history in the prior 14 days of contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case or travel to an affected country or area as per the latest CDC recommendations.

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NETWORK CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

California Department of Health Care Services ALL PLAN LETTER 20-003 DATE: February 27, 2020 TO: ALL MEDI-CAL MANAGED CARE HEALTH PLANS SUBJECT: NETWORK CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS The purpose of this All Plan Letter (APL) is to provide guidance to Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) on the Annual Network Certification (ANC) requirements pursuant to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 438.68, 438.206, and 438.207, and Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 14197.

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Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took further action to ensure America’s healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2. This code will allow those labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease.

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CMS Prepares Nation’s Healthcare Facilities for Coronavirus Threat

CMS Prepares Nation’s Healthcare Facilities for Coronavirus ThreatAgency reinforces infection control responsibilities and guidelines for testing to detect coronavirus Today, under the leadership of President Donald Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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