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COVID-19 Coronavirus Latest Developments 
  • Please register for COVID-19 Update for Public Health and Clinicians this Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm EDT. REGISTER
     
  • For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Kentucky, The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has established a website where you can find the latest up to do date information. READ MORE
     

  • CDC Updated Guidelines on the Use of Facemasks and Respirators On Tuesday, March 10, the CDC released updated guidance on the use of facemasks by health care workers in situations involving COVID-19. The guidance states that facemasks are an acceptable temporary alternative for most medical services until the demand for N95 respirators lessens. Respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which pose the highest risk of exposure to health care providers. Eye protection, medical gowns, and gloves continue to be recommended. READ MORE
     
  • COVID-19 Healthcare Providers and Laboratory Services. The COVID-19 response in Kentucky involves stakeholders at every level of the healthcare system. The following list of documents and links reflect the most current guidance for healthcare providers, laboratories, and local public health. READ MORE 
     
  • Commissioner Stack has instructed medical staff to consider the following points when assessing patients for COVID-19
    • Those who are not ill enough to be hospitalized and can remain at home in isolation should be referred for commercial lab testing if treating clinicians determine testing is appropriate;
    • Patients with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, lower respiratory illness) who could be infected with COVID-19 and who work in critical settings where vulnerable populations might be exposed will receive a higher priority for testing. For example, healthcare workers and those working in congregate settings like jails, long-term care facilities, and schools would be a priority;
    • Those with critical illness for which all other pathogens have been ruled out and there is an unusual clinical course or clear exposure reported (to another COVID-19 confirmed case or travel to countries with sustained community spread);
    • We will not consider testing asymptomatic patients, as these results do not offer accurate findings in these patients who could be infected but not viremic at the time of testing. READ MORE
       
  • CMS Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19. CMS took action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes clear, actionable information on the screening, treatment, and transfer procedures to follow when interacting with patients. CMS. READ MORE
     
  • LabCorp COVID-19 Tests and Coding Update. Testing available nationwide through LabCorp; Samples must be collected and test must be ordered by a physician or authorized healthcare provider and sent to LabCorp.  CPT Coding guidance has not been finalized but we will notify you once that has been completed. READ MORE
  • Quest Diagnostics COVID-19 Quest Diagnostics is proud to begin testing for COVID-19. This test is to be performed only using respiratory specimens collected from individuals who meet CDC clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 testing. Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers and other phlebotomy sites cannot collect specimens for this test.
    • Coding & Sliding fee schedule. 
      • Test Code 39433
      • CPT Code 87798
      • The sliding fee schedule pertains to COVID-19 just like the other tests for uninsured patients. READ MORE
         
  • Hazard clinic creates a 'screening center in a separate area for viral. Amid COVID-19 concerns at hospitals and clinics, Primary Care Centers in Hazard created an area isolated from their main clinic in attempts to keep patients and staff safe. READ MORE
Health Center Funding is Needed Now
As COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and is sweeping across the United States, Federally Qualified Health Centers are uniquely positioned to respond rapidly to the outbreak. Their infrastructure and placement are critical to serving a large portion of Kentucky’s population, however, without proper funding to afford critical supplies, they may remain disadvantaged. Congress needs to act immediately to reauthorize funding for FQHCs past the May 22, 2020 deadline. The nation in the Commonwealth may still be in the midst of fighting this novel virus. Congress is taking up legislation surrounding COVID-19 but in the form of a stimulus package that does not yet have many perks for the provider community.
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