CMS has released a checklist to help providers counsel patients who are self-isolating after they are tested for COVID-19 and prior to the onset of symptoms, CMS said in a news alert.
A counseling checklist is available through CMS on their website, along with links to more information. View this at
This checklist was released as part of an announcement from CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that payment is available to providers under E/M codes to counsel patients at the time of COVID-19 testing. The ability to bill for teaching and education for home health would include this counseling and has always been billable, but this checklist “does provide a nice outline for education and information for patient education on COVID-19,” says Brandi Whitemyer, an independent home health and hospice consultant based in Canton, Ohio.
More information on COVID-19 is available from CMS at