Stay abreast of new care delivery flexibilities
Federal government and states are waiving regulatory hurdles to patient care during the COVID-19 emergency on a daily basis. In this swiftly moving environment, real time knowledge of what is being done external to the practice will help you manage and protect the business of the practice. To avoid non-essential email traffic, task one administrative staff member with signing up for and disseminating alerts from your Governor’s office, state and local departments of health, and payors.
Your legal and financial obligations may change as the status of your locality changes (e.g. those practices in states who have declared a state of emergency may have unique rights to not satisfy contractual obligations), and other government or payor notices may provide needed flexibilities to enable patient care.
A message from CHAP:
CMS "Blanket" Waivers are effective March 1, 2020 and will end no later than when the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ends. "Blanket" Waivers apply to all providers noted, as opposed to waivers granted to individual companies or organizations.
Changes include homebound definition, certification/re-certification of home health eligibility, initial assessments by telehealth, aide supervision, hospice volunteers, and more. See links below for detailed information.
Click here to access the Home Health Blanket Waiver.
Click here to access the Hospice Blanket Waivers
Thank you for your dedication in caring for patients within our communities!
We will continue to update you with any changes and encourage you to participate in our
COVID-19 conference calls.
Tuesdays 10:30 AM EST
Wednesdays 11:00 AM EST
Thursdays 3:00 PM EST
Call number: 646-307-1479
Participant code: 246854#
We have also established a COVID-19 telephone line for immediate questions:
202-862-3413 then enter 9
(Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM EST)
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-AMA Digital Health Implementation Playbook focused on remote patient monitoring
-AMA STEPS Forward Module on telemedicine
-AMA Physician Innovation Network telemedicine discussion: Through our latest interactive and ongoing virtual discussion on the AMA Physician Innovation Network, physicians have direct access to experts gathered to answer questions, share best practices, and help arm the front lines with knowledge to act quickly and effectively in providing virtual care and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
ONLINE MEDICAL ETHICS RESOURCES
The American Medical Association has the following online resources to help guide ethical decision making by clinicians and other healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic:
-AMA Code of Medical Ethics
-AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidance in a pandemic
-COVID-19 Ethics Resource Center
-COVID-19 podcast about resource scarcity and healthcare worker obligations during pandemics
These addiction/recovery resources can be used and shared whenever but especially now while we continue to navigate and make changes due to COVID-19. I do know that meetings/groups are being cancelled state wide and I have some patients that are really struggling with it. I have a Governor’s Task Force zoom meeting on Wednesday…I will share any other resources that may be available.
Dial in Meetings:
@Home Meeting of AA
Access code: 694733#
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Pause A While
Access Code: 422932#
Daily at 2pm
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