​​COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Member cost-share claims processing for testing and treatment for AmeriHealth Pennsylvania members

June 30, 2021

This article was revised on June 30, 2021, to update the effective timeline for testing and treatment coverage.

Coverage of member cost-share

As previously communicated, AmeriHealth is waiving member cost-sharing (i.e., copayment, deductible, and coinsurance) for the following services:

  • Inpatient treatment (see table for effective dates).
    • AmeriHealth will waive member cost-sharing for in-network, inpatient, acute care treatment of members diagnosed with COVID-19.

    • AmeriHealth will waive member cost-sharing for emergency room/department (ED) visits associated with admissions for in-network, inpatient, acute care treatment of COVID-19 whether for medical or behavioral health.

       Note: Cost-sharing is not waived for outpatient services provided in the ED.

We also communicated that self-funded customers can opt-out of waiving cost-sharing for the treatment of COVID-19; therefore, some members may still be required to pay their applicable cost-share. For High Deductible Health Plans, in-network cost-sharing waivers detailed above will remain in effect through October 31, 2021, unless prohibited by law.

Claims processing

Processes have been implemented to ensure provider payments are accurate and claims are processed in a timely fashion and in accordance with applicable law and regulatory guidance.

The following chart outlines how claims will be processed for the various services provided to AmeriHealth Pennsylvania members – specifically regarding member cost-sharing:

Service Effective dates Claim process

Testing for COVID-19

March 6, 2020, through October 31, 2021, or the duration of the public health emergency

Claims with a date of service on or after March 6, 2020, will process without member cost-share.

Inpatient treatment for COVID-19 diagnoses

March 30, 2020 – October 31, 2021

Claims with a date of service on or after March 30, 2020, will process without member cost-share.

ED visits associated with admissions for treatment of COVID-19

March 30, 2020 – October 31, 2021

Claims with a date of service on or after March 30, 2020, will process without member cost-share.

​​For information on how we are processing claims for PCP telemedicine services, please read this arti​cle.

Payment adjustments

If cost-sharing was inadvertently applied to the claim and it should have been removed, the claim will be adjusted to pay the provider the correct amount. We ask that providers wait until after the claim has been processed, and adjusted, to bill the member for any applicable cost-share noted on the Provider Explanation of Benefits.

As a result of the processes we have implemented, you will not need to contact the call center or submit a claim investigation via PEAR Practice Management on the Provider Engagement, Analytics & Reporting (PEAR) portal to request an adjustment.​

AmeriHealth is committed to providing our members with access to the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all AmeriHealth members to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for AmeriHealth Pennsylvania​ regularly for the latest news and updates. We will continue to evaluate member needs as the situation changes.

Learn more

Read more about our coverage of services during the COVID-19 public health emergency in our News Articles on our Medical and Claim Payment Policy Portal​.

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