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UHC - COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, Coding & Reimbursement - Update

Last update: April 19, 2021

Testing, coding and reimbursement protocols and guidelines are established based on guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and federal governments and other health agencies. We’re closely monitoring COVID-19-related updates from these partners and updating this site as quickly as possible when new information is available. Care providers should work with local and state health departments to coordinate testing. 

UnitedHealthcare will cover medically appropriate COVID-19 testing during the national public health emergency period (currently scheduled to end July 19, 2021), at no cost share, when ordered by a physician or appropriately licensed health care professional for purposes of the diagnosis or treatment of an individual member.*

UnitedHealthcare will cover testing for employment, education, public health or surveillance purposes when required by applicable law. Benefits will be adjudicated in accordance with a member’s benefit plan; health benefit plans generally do not cover testing for surveillance or public health purposes. We continue to monitor regulatory developments during emergency periods.

Tests must be FDA authorized to be covered without cost sharing (copayment, coinsurance or deductible). FDA-authorized tests include tests approved for patient use through pre-market approval or emergency use pathways, and tests that are developed and administered in accordance with FDA specifications or through state regulatory approval.

This coverage applies to members enrolled in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Individual and Group Market health plans. Please do not collect upfront payment from the member. Benefits will be otherwise adjudicated in accordance with the member’s health plan. We will reimburse COVID-19 testing in accordance with applicable law, including the CARES Act and UnitedHealthcare’s reimbursement requirements. State variations and regulations may apply during this time. 

UnitedHealthcare is requesting all physicians and health care professionals who perform and bill for COVID-19 antibody tests to register the test(s) that will be used for our members.


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