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DOH Permits Use Of Telehealth For Prescribing Controlled Substance For Existing Patients During Emergency Declaration

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

 

Get the latest updates from the CDC   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Healthcare Facilities:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html

 

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings  Click here to learn more

 Key Concepts in This Guidance

  • Limit how germs can enter the facility. Cancel elective procedures, use telemedicine when possible, limit points of entry and manage visitors, screen patients for respiratory symptoms, encourage patient respiratory hygiene using alternatives to facemasks (e.g., tissues to cover cough).

  • Isolate symptomatic patients as soon as possible. Set up separate, well-ventilated triage areas, place patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in private rooms with door closed and private bathroom (as possible), prioritize AIIRs for patients undergoing aerosol-generating procedures.

  • Protect healthcare personnel. Emphasize hand hygiene, install barriers to limit contact with patients at triage, cohort COVID-19 patients, limit the numbers of staff providing their care, prioritize respirators and AIIRs for aerosol-generating procedures, implement PPE optimization strategies to extend supplies.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

https://www.cms.gov/outreach-education/partner-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-partner-toolkit

 

COVID-19 Elective Surgeries and Non-Essential Procedures Recommendations  ( March 19, 2020)

 

Earlier today at the White House Task Force Press Briefing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

You can find a copy of the press release here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-releases-recommendations-adult-elective-surgeries-non-essential-medical-surgical-and-dental

You can find a copy of the guidance here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/31820-cms-adult-elective-surgery-and-procedures-recommendations.pdf

COVID-19 Catastrophic Health Coverage FAQs   ( March 19, 2020)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to clarify coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by catastrophic health plans.  The FAQs issued today align with guidance the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released last week, which provides flexibility to high deductible health plans to provide health benefits for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 without application of a deductible or cost-sharing.

The link to the related FAQs can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Files/Catastrophic-Coverage-of-COVID-19.pdf

Medicaid Coverage of Services During the State of Emergency Related to COVID-19

https://www.floridaorthopediccommunity.com/news/493948/Medicaid-Coverage-of-Services-During-the-State-of-Emergency-Related-to-COVID-19.htm

 


COVID-19 Emergency Lending Resources

Click here for a list of Florida banks with programs and information from the Small Business Administration.

 


Florida Department of Health - FDOH

Get the latest updates from the Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

 

The Florida Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center is 1-866-779-6121. 

 


American Medical Association

AMA COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) resource center for physicians

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians

AMA releases special coding advice related to COVID-19

New guidance from the AMA provides special coding advice during the COVID-19 public health emergency. One resource outlinescodingscenarios designed to help health care professionals apply best coding practices. The scenarios include telehealth services for all patients.

Examples specifically related to COVID-19 testing include coding for when a patient: comes to the office for E/M visit, and is tested for COVID-19 during the visit; receives a telehealth visit re: COVID-19 and is directed to come to physician office or physician’s group practice site for testing; receives a virtual check-in/online visit re: COVID-19 (not related to E/M visit), and is directed to come to physician office for testing; and more.

There is also a quick-reference flowchart that outlines CPTreportingforCOVID-19testing. A new web page on the AMA site also outlines CMSpaymentpoliciesandregulatoryflexibilities related to COVID-19.

Check the AMACOVID-19resourcecenter to stay up to date and for additional resources.


Florida Medical Association

FMA Resources Page
https://www.flmedical.org/florida/Florida_Public/Education/Coronavirus_Information.aspx

 


Medical Supplies

Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html

 

Here are the latest optimization strategies for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the CDC.

 

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks

 

Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings

 

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings

 

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Eye Protection

 

Who Needs PPE? Health Care Supply of PPE

 

Medical Supply Companies



Department of Labor


The Department of Labor ("DOL") released a Workplace Poster for employers regarding COVID-19 and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA" or "the Act"). Pursuant to the FFCRA, employers must post a notice to current employees informing them of their rights under the Act. All covered employers are required to post a notice of the FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises where it is visible to all current employees. If employees are teleworking, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to all of its current employees or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. Employers are not required to post this notice in multiple languages.

The poster can be found online at: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf



Department of Homeland Security


https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19


AZORULT TROJAN

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website (corona-virus-map[dot]com). Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website. 

Please make sure to exercise caution when opening emails from outside organizations even if those organizations may seem reputable. The attachment to this email provides additional information on this threat. Information on how to identify e-mail phishing and ransomware attacks can be found at this website .

 

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