COVID-19 Testing – Talking Points for Providers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Along with the news that provider reimbursement is now available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing, CMS has provided a Talking Points for Providers document.

This 2-page document explains the difference between quarantine and self-isolation.  It also provides clear guidance for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting test results as well as for individuals who were in contact with a positive case and are being tested.  CMS has also revised MLN Matters SE20011 on July 30, 2020:

These changes are in red ink on pages 7, 8 and 9 of this updated MLN Matters.