​​​​COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Infusion drug treatment

October 29, 2021

This article was revised on December 28, 2021, to update the effective date.

Independence will cover the use of several infusion drugs (and drug combinations) to treat Commercial and Medicare Advantage members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

These drugs (and drug combinations) must be administered under supervision of a clinical professional. The following treatment regimens have received FDA's approval or Emergency Use Authorization to be administered in the following settings to allow the clinician to monitor and treat infusion reactions like anaphylaxis.

  • Outpatient
    • Bamlanivimab® (LY-CoV555) in combination with Etesevimab® (LY-CoV016)
    • Casirivimab/Imdevimab
    • Sotrovimab® (VIR-7831/GSK4182136)
  • Inpatient
    • Tocilizumab (Actemra®)
    • Veklury® (remdesivir) (including in combination with Olumiant® [baricitinib])

The coverage is effective:

  • Commercial: October 22, 2020, until further notice.
  • ​Medicare Advantage: October 22, 2020, through the duration of the public health emergency.

Read more about the indications for use, coverage, dosage and administration recommendations, coding, and reimbursement on our Medical and Claim Payment Policy Portal:

Independence is committed to providing our members with access to the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all Independence members and providers to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage regularly for the latest news and updates. We will continue to evaluate member needs as the situation changes.