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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 BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New CMS Regulatory Relief Bolsters Telehealth Service Payment During COVID-19
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACTc FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
  • Governor DeSantis Extends State of Emergency for COVID-19-Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-166 extending the state of emergency for 60 days for the entire state of Florida, which expires on September 5, 2020.
  • State Surgeon General Issues Public Health Advisory for COVID-19-The State Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, issued a Public Health Advisory on July 20, 2020, with updated measures regarding face coverings, gatherings, and vulnerable populations to ensure the protection of public health in response to COVID-19.
  • Volunteer for COVID-19 Clinical Trial-Florida has been invited to participate in the federal CDC vaccine pilot group. Florida is one of four states chosen to participate, along with the city of Philadelphia. To learn more about volunteering for a COVID-19 Prevention Clinical Study, please click here.
  • The Agency for Health Care Administration issued Emergency Rule 59AER20-8 on August 5, 2020. This rule replaces the previous Emergency Rule 59AER20-6 to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updates to provide clarity for hospitals and long-term care facilities about clinical decision making during the transfer of residents.
  • Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance) Updated - for HCP-The CDC issued updated interim Guidance on Health Care Personnel Returning to Work. This guidance indicates that, except for rare situations, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to allow health care personnel to return to work. To learn more about the interim guidance, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html.
  • Duration of Isolation and Quarantine for Persons with COVID-19-On July 22, 2020, the CDC released updated guidance regarding the duration of isolation and recommendations regarding retesting of COVID-19 cases. The Florida Department of Health seeks to ensure that providers have resources available to assist with educating their patients regarding the actions that they, along with their close contacts, should take to remain safe. Provided below is a brief overview of recommendations.
  • COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma-Donating plasma is one of the ways you can help those fighting COVID-19. If you or your patients have had COVID-19 and have been completely symptom free for at least two weeks, your plasma may help save the lives of other patients. Learn more at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma.
  • Health Care Practitioner COVID-19 Resources- Health care practitioners have access to resources developed by the Department of Health related to COVID-19 that can assist their patients. For additional information, please visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.
  • Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard-To view the latest COVID-19 statistics, such as the number of positive cases, please visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
  • View the latest Florida COVID data
FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FLORIDA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY-MASTERS IN OPHTHALMOLOGY 2020 UPDATE
  • Due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the FSO made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Masters in Ophthalmology 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for October 9-11.
  • The FSO will hold a virtual Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here register for the Annual Business Meeting.
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 April 16, 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? THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 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.
RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS 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

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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
  • In response to COVID-19, Topcon Healthcare is providing FREE Breath Shields for slit lamps. Visit bit.ly/topconshield to request your breath shield.
 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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