PhilHealth offers home isolation package for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is offering a home isolation package for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in order to free up hospitals beds and accommodate more moderate to critical cases.

PhilHealth Circular No. 2021-0014 lists the guidelines for the COVID-19 Home Isolation Benefit Package.

This "shall include all identified services needed to effectively manage COVID-19 confirmed asymptomatic and mild cases needing isolation" based on the existing guidelines, as well as the patient's testing and inpatient services, the state health insurer said.

However, the home isolation package will only be implemented in surge areas identified by the COVID-19 pandemic task force, and will be paid as a case rate.

This also means only PhilHealth-accredited facilities in high-risk areas may apply for re-accreditation as a provider of this package.

Re-accreditation is valid until December 31, 2021.

Healthcare workers who will be part of the Home Isolation Team are entitled to additional incentives - like hazard pay - by the accredited healthcare facility.

Health officials have reported that the country is currently experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 infections, which may be due to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Many hospitals have also announced that their COVID-19 beds are once again full.

Dr. Ted Herbosa, a National Task Force Against COVID-19 adviser, even noted that Metro Manila - where most of the infections are - is experiencing an "epidemic of the unvaccinated," as hospitals note that most of their patients are those who have not received their coronavirus shots.

The country again broke its record for the second highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a day with 14,895 - bringing the nationwide tally to 1,791,003.

Active cases are also at a high of 111,720 after April 21's over 116,000.