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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY


AMERICAN BOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY


AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

  • -The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and 22 members of the ACS-led Surgical Coalition sent a letter to Congress making requests for the next COVID-19 legislative package. 
  • -ACS develops interim guidelines for resuming elective ophthalmic care.
  • -The American College of Surgeons has launched a new registry to help hospitals capture data about patients they treat who have COVID-19. 

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY

  • -ASCRS and ASOA webinar on how to implement telemedicine visits for practices and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • -The Real Time Program for the ASCRS Virtual Meeting, May 16-17, 2020, is now available!

ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE


CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION


CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS)

  • -The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
  • -CMS Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures. Included are recommendations from CMS on limiting non-essential adult elective medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures.
  • -COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs
  • -CMS has expanded their current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. Click here to view the fact sheet on the accelerated payments.
  • -CMS Posts Letter to Clinicians to Summarize Actions CMS Has Taken to Ensure Clinicians Have Maximum Flexibility to Reduce Unnecessary Barriers to Providing Patient Care. Items addressed in the letter include: Accelerated and Advanced Payments, Testing and Claims Reporting for COVID-19, Medicare Telehealth Visits, Virtual Check-ins, E-visits, Expanded Options for Telehealth Services, Workforce Flexibilities, CMS Quality Payment Program, Emergency Waivers, Caring for Your Patients.
  • -CMS issues guidelines for reopening facilities for non-emergent/non-COVID-19 care.
  • -CMS is suspending its advance payment program for physicians who treat Medicare patients immediately while it evaluates how much has been paid out under the program.
  • -CMS issued new regulatory waivers and rule changes that will increase telehealth service reimbursements to practices and make it easier for Medicare patients to access their physicians over the telephone.
  • -New CMS Regulatory Relief Bolsters Telehealth Service Payment During COVID-19-

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT


FLORIDA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMIC ADMINISTRATORS

  • -Earlier this week the Florida Society of Ophthalmic Administrators hosted a COVID-19 webinar that provided guidance to ophthalmic practices on employment law, the Stimulus Package, physician, employees & partner compensation, office preparations, patient and employee protections and safety, patient, employee and management communication, coding, reimbursement, and telehealth. A copy of the slides are included.

FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

  • FDA issued enforcement policy to help expand the capability of remote ophthalmic assessment and monitoring devices to facilitate patient care while reducing patient and healthcare provider contact and exposure to COVID-19 during this pandemic. 

GUIDELINES FOR OPENING AMERICA

  • On Thursday, President Trump unveiled a three-phased plan to reopening the United States.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT

  • -Resources have also been made available by Holland & Knight, the FSOs law firm. 

NEED TO CONTACT A STATE REPRESENTATIVE?


OPHTHALMIC MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY


PLAQUENIL UPDATE

  • -Plaquenil is considered off-label for both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • -A non-randomized study using plaquenil, especially in combination with azithromycin, has shown promise for the treatment of COVID-19
  • -American Journal of Ophthalmology published an article on March 25 on COVID-19 and Chloroquine/Hydroxychloroquine: is there Ophthalmological Concern?
  • -Currently we are following the recommendations of the AAO, which state that hydroxychloroquine is being investigated and physicians should follow CDC recommendations.

REGENERON

  • -Regeneron will temporarily extend physician payment terms for EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection purchases from authorized distributors to 150 days. This has no impact on current EYLEA return policies. For more on Regeneron's scientific efforts to help address COVID-19, go to regeneron.com/covid19.

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS


STATE OF FLORIDA

  • -On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis issued a statewide 30-day stay-at-home order. The order took effect on April 2 at 12:00 AM. For more details on this order, click here.
  • -Gov. DeSantis Issues Executive Order Prohibits Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures.

TELEHEALTH RESOURCES

  • -The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility and has put together an easy to read telehealth fact sheet.
  • -The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s telehealth resources.

TOPCON


WEB-BASED EDUCATION


ZEISS

  • -ZEISS is providing FREE protective breath shields for slit lamps for ophthalmic practices. Click here for more information or to submit a request.

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