Increasingly, people are experiencing lingering illness after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Studies have shown significant rates of both physical and behavioral health impacts for months following a COVID-19 diagnosis. An estimated 10–20 percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 will experience ongoing symptoms. 12 Those with long COVID (or “long haulers”) may exhibit symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, cognitive impairment (or “brain fog”), sleep difficulties after symptom onset. Those who had more severe COVID-19 may have continued pulmonary and respiratory effects. 234
In response to COVID-19, Beacon Health Options (Beacon) has enhanced our Care Management Program to consider the needs of this population. If you have a client you would like to refer to Beacon’s Care Management Program, providers may call the National Provider Service Line at 800-397-1630 to make a referral. Beacon clinicians will review the request and follow up with the member as appropriate.
- The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA-BLIND) is a cognitive impairment screening tool that can be telephonically administered. It is recommended when clients have been hospitalized with COVID-19 for 7 days or have been experiencing “brain fog” following a diagnosis COVID-19.
- Post-COVID-19 Functionality Status Scale
1 Long haulers: Why some people experience long-term coronavirus symptoms, UC Davis Health. Retrieved 5/21/21 from https://health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-information/covid-19-long-haulers.html
2 Population-based estimates of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) prevalence and characteristics, Clin Infect Dis. Retrieved 5/21/21 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34007978/
3 Post-COVID conditions: Information for healthcare providers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 5/21/21 from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-care/post-covid-conditions.html
4 Sequelae in adults at 6 months after COVID-19 infection, JAMA Network. Retrieved 5/21/21 from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776560
5 6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of COVID-19: A retroactive cohort study using electronic health records, The Lancet, Retrieved 5/21/21 from https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(21)00084-5/fulltext