Resources for Physicians
Guidance on COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing for Physicians
Quick case identification, follow up, and contact tracing continue to be key factors in slowing the transmission of COVID-19 throughout Arizona. The success of this effort is dependent on healthcare professionals working together to increase testing.
Laboratory tests are available through commercial labs; please contact your vendor for supplies and guidance. The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory also has testing capability with a faster turnaround time, but there are specific testing criteria.
- SonoraQuest: Test 907078
- LabCorp: Test 139900
- Mayo Clinic
- Arizona State Public Health Laboratory: Testing should be cleared through local health departments. The current testing criteria matrix is located here.
- Drive-thru testing: Multiple sites in Arizona are standing up drive-thru testing.
Click here for a list of all COVID-19 testing sites located in Arizona.
Click here for the latest CDC guidelines for collecting, handling, and testing specimens.
Instructions from CDC for nasopharyngeal swab collection:
- Tilt patient’s head back 70 degrees.
- Insert swab into nostril parallel to the palate. Leave the swab in place for a few seconds to absorb secretions.
- Slowly remove the swab while rotating it.
- Place tip of swab into sterile viral transport media tube and snap/cut off the applicator stick.
Instructions for nasal wash collection:
- With the patient’s head hyper-extended, instill about 1 mL to 2.5 mL of sterile, normal saline into one nostril with a bulb or syringe.
- To collect wash, place a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap sputum collection cup or sterile dry container directly under the nose with slight pressure on the upper lip.
- Tilt the head forward and allow the fluid to run out of the nostril into the specimen container.
- Repeat for the other nostril and collect the fluid into the same specimen container. Total collected fluid should be 2-3 mL.
For more guidance on COVID-19 diagnostic testing, along with other information on COVID-19 for physicians, click here.
Guidance on COVID-19 Coding & Billing for Physicians
- Medicare & other carriers can waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing-related services when the -CS Modifier is used. This applies to in-office visits resulting in the order or administration of a test, or an evaluation of the need for a test.
Click here to learn more.
Do you have questions about government-funded reimbursement for the coverage of uninsured individuals receiving COVID-19 related services? The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has created a comprehensive
list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to help address any of your remaining concerns. Health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing of uninsured individuals, or provided treatment to uninsured
individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020, can request claims reimbursement electronically and will be reimbursed generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. Funding for this reimbursement
program is being drawn from both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Provider Relief Fund. Click here to read the FAQs and learn more about eligibility, compliance, and the payment process for the program.
Click here for more information regarding coding and billing
relevant to COVID-19.
Resources from the Arizona Department of Health Services
ADHS has provided us with an Arizona Crisis Standards of Care Plan. as well as an FAQ page on resuming elective surgeries.
According to ADHS Provider Guidelines/Resources on COVID-19,
physicians are recommended to:
- Mask and isolate suspected COVID-19 patients or other patients presenting with acute respiratory illness. It is not necessary to place a suspect patient in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR). A private room with a closed-door is acceptable, although using an AIIR for aerosol-generating procedures is still recommended.
- Immediately notify your healthcare facility's infection control personnel and local health department.
- Healthcare personnel encountering a suspect or confirmed-positive patient should use standard precautions, contact precautions, and droplet precautions.
- Use gowns, gloves, respirators (such as an N95 mask) and eye protection (goggles or face shield) when performing aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., tracheal intubation, non-invasive ventilation, tracheostomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manual ventilation before intubation, bronchoscopy).
- Obtain travel history for patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness.
- Consider testing for seasonal respiratory illness, like influenza.
- Coordinate with your local health department for specimen collection, transport, and testing for suspected cases.
Click here for more information & resources regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from providers (for testing, patient guidance, and more) at
+1 (844) 542-8201
Additional Physician Resources
Resources from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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Financial Resources for Physicians
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona aimed at helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses can be eligible for up to $2 million through the program. According to the SBA, the loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other expenses impacted by COVID-19. The funding for some of these loans had temporarily dried up but it looks like the money has been replenished thanks to Congressional action.
To learn more about the current availability of these loans and other means of assistance for small businesses & practices impacted by COVID-19, visit the Arizona Small Business Association's COVID-19 resources website and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance website.
Click here to be taken to our dedicated webpage of financial resources for physicians.
Resources from Maricopa County
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has gathered a variety of resources for health care providers in Arizona's largest county to utilize during this uncertain time.
For resources tailored to providers, including weekly MCDPH webinars, click here
The MCDPH COVID-19 website has resources for all people, including members of the public.
You can view the MCDPH formal guidance on release from isolation here.
Below you will find resources from several other county health departments:
Resources for the Public
- Our 'Latest Guidelines' and 'Latest News' sections above are being continuously updated to provide you with timely updates from leading public health officials.
Please check back in the coming weeks as we provide further updates to the public.
Click here to be taken to ArMA's COVID-19 FAQ page.
Mental Health Resources