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For Healthcare Providers

Guidance

There is currently no diagnostic test or treatment for Long COVID. The diverse symptoms of Long COVID, likely representing multiple clinical conditions pose enormous challenges to the development of diagnostic strategies for Long COVID. Different diagnostic tests may be required for different types of Long COVID. Research is just beginning to establish clinical criteria for to inform laboratory and other test development and diagnostic strategies.

Depending on the specific condition there may be treatment or actions that can be taken to lessen the symptoms.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as other organizations have published information on Long COVID for healthcare providers. As research constantly transforms our understanding of Long COVID, it’s diagnosis, and treatment, check back for updated information.

CDC: Information on assessment, testing, management, and documentation
NIH: COVID-19 treatment guidelines
WHO: clinical case definition and clinical management guidelines
PASC Collaborative: Pediatric, Autonomic Dysfunction, Cardiovascular, Cognition, Breathing Discomfort, and Fatigue

ICD-10

The ICD-10 code for Post COVID-19 condition, unspecified is U09.9. Appropriate application of ICD-10-CM code U09.9 will help public health professionals better understand and monitor Long COVID.

For more information review the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

Provider Education

Staying up to date on Long COVID research, diagnosis, and treatment will improve the quality of patient care and overall health outcomes. Our understanding of Long COVID is rapidly evolving. To learn more, check out the resources below.

Project Echo: Monthly webinar about Post-COVID Conditions

UC Health: Pediatric, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Psychology, Emergency Medicine, Integrative Medicine

HHS: Long COVID as a disability

SAMHSA: Overview of Behavioral Health Impacts

Support for Healthcare Worker Burnout

The pandemic has created enormous stresses on both health care systems and healthcare personnel. The vast increase in seriously ill patients, the resulting lack of sufficient medical resources during surges, and the lack of established effective treatments, especially early in the pandemic, affected health care personnel who also had ill family members and children forced out of their ordinary school routine. Shortages of medications, other medical supplies, and staffing contribute to high ongoing stress levels

Because we need to take care of those that take care of us, the Surgeon General has issued an advisory on Health Worker Burnout. Additionally, your employer may offer an employee assistance program. Check out the links below to find support and recourses that may be available to you.