​​​​COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Specimen collection by medical professionals

January 8, 2021

This article was revised on January 8, 2021, to update the effective date range. Please refer to this article for future updates.

AmeriHealth is committed to ensuring that our members have access to the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all AmeriHealth members and providers to visit our dedicated AmeriHealth New Jersey and AmeriHealth Pennsylvania COVID-19 webpages regularly for the latest news and updates. We will continue to evaluate member needs as the situation changes.

Home visit for specimen collection for COVID-19 testing

AmeriHealth is waiving the requirement that members must be homebound to receive COVID-19 specimen collection at home. However, precertification for home care services is still required.

This change is effective:

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey members: March 6, 2020, until 90 days after the end of both the state of emergency and the public health emergency related to COVID-19.
  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania members: March 6, 2020, and for the duration of the public health emergency, and is subject to re-evaluation during this time.

Note: AmeriHealth participating providers, in accordance with their provider agreement, are required to refer specimens to participating laboratories.

Learn more

Read more about coverage requirements and proper coding in the News Article, Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)), on our Medical and Claim Payment Policy Portal: