AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
- -Fact sheet on Coronavirus and Your Eyes
- -Another great resource is Coronavirus Eye Safety
- -The Academy's Washington D.C. office is advocating to the CMS to waive prior authorization requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please send any examples to Academy director of public relations Susanne Medeiros.
- -AAO shares clinical care guidelines and updated evidence on COVID-19 and conjunctivitis and a podcast on practice measures during the outbreak.
- --What patients should know about treating coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.
- -Dr. David Glasser, the Academy’s secretary for federal affairs, provides an overview of coding for telemedicine. Watch the video or download the slides.
- -The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s telehealth resources.
- -Free series of Academy webinars on COVID-19.
- -Registration for AAO’s first Virtual Advocacy Day on May 12 is open. Please participate and advocate for your patients and our profession.
- -AAO provides strategies to help facilitate patient check-in for practices when they reopen.
- -AAO recommends physical modifications to your office to minimize exposure.
- -House approves interim COVID-19 relief package for small businesses.
- -AAO provides tips on reopening and organizing patient wait lists.
- -Ophthalmic Ambulatory Surgery Center Checklist for reopening.
- -Assess your check-in process to ensure compliance with public health guidelines.
- -Facedown Treatment for Coronavirus Poses Risk of Vision Loss
- -Doctors can now use the malaria drugs Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and Aralen (chloroquine) to treat coronavirus. Make your eye patients aware of the possible effects on vision.
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Adopt Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Provide PPE Training for Your Staff and Optimize Your Supply
- Reopening and Recovery Tip: Discover Exam Requirements for Rescheduled Cataract Surgery
- -Ophthalmology After Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Transition Back to Patient Care
- -The Academy IRIS® Registry has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to include a new COVID-19 Clinical Trials improvement activity for the 2020 MIPS reporting year.
- -EHR Vendor COVID-19 Resources
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Provide Employee Guidance for COVID-19 Operational Safety
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Communicate How Your Practice is Keeping Patients Safe From COVID-19
- -House Introduces $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
- -Reboot Your Practice During COVID-19 Recovery
- -Surgery Prioritization: Typical Ophthalmic Procedures
- -Special Considerations for Ophthalmic Surgery During the Pandemic
- -AAOE® Shares Benefits with All Academy Members through July 31
- -Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars and Podcasts
- -Coding for Phone Calls, Internet and Telehealth Consultations-updated May 5
- -Manage the Revenue Cycle During the Coronavirus Recovery
- -Deadline Extended to 45 Days to Attest, Accept Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund Payments
- -AAO 2020 and the Exhibition have been shortened by one day and now run Saturday, Nov. 14 to Monday, Nov. 16. For more information, visit aao.org/2020.
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: COVID-19 Reopening Strategies From the Front Line
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Positively Impact Your Patients With Direct Physician Communication on COVID-19 Safety Measures
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Use CDC Guidelines to Evaluate Staff With COVID-19 Exposure Risk
- -Reopening and Recovery Tip: Maximize Scheduling Capacity During COVID-19 With Telemedicine Hybrid Exams
- -HHS Clarifies Limit on Second Round of Provider Relief Funds
- -Medicare to Reprocess Telehealth Service Payments Retroactive to March
- -Protective Measures for Ophthalmic Practices Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
- -Practice Recovery Tips from EyeNet® Magazine
- -New High-Weight COVID-19 MIPS Improvement Activity Coming Soon
AMERICAN BOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
- -The American Board of Ophthalmology also has put together resources regarding COVID-related activities for ophthalmologists.
- -COVID-19 and the American Board of Ophthalmology: When the Best-Laid Plans Go Awry
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
- -AMA provides tips for your practice in business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
- -Countrywide coronavirus mortality and use of masks by the public co-authored by Dr. Craig McKeown of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
- -The CDC has a dedicated section on their website for information and updates on COVID-19. Their website is being updated on a daily basis.
- -CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again
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
- -The Department of Health and Human Services has added new guidance for the second round of the $50 billion general distribution targeted for health care providers under the CARES Act.
- -Eligibility Terms for Second Distribution of Relief Funds Raise New Questions
- -The FL DOH provides updates on Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order, the final report of the Re-Open Florida Task Force, Renewal of Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Diagnostic Testing, Antibody Testing, and free therapy provided by Talkspace.
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
- -The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance on the new legislation: www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200324
- -Flyer on employee rights specific to 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
- -The Florida Medical Association has developed a Coronavirus Resource Center. The resource center includes important information on payment updates, telehealth tools, coding advice, clarification of executive orders, payment information and information on financial assistance for small businesses.
- -Florida Medical Association, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Florida Justice Reform Institute, others seek clarification on Executive Order No. 20-72, offer solutions for unintended consequences.
- -FMA signed on to the AMAs letter the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to cover the expenses for every physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.
- -On April 21, the FMA sent a letter to the Governor urging him to lift executive order on non-essential elective medical procedures.
- -Read the FMA’s primer on reopening your practice under Executive Order 20-112.
- -This flyer from FMA preferred vendor Florida Rx Card helps remind you and your patients of the life of the Coronavirus on different surfaces.
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.
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OPHTHALMIC MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
- OMIC announces COVID-19 Premium Credit for policyholders.
- -OMIC developed a COVID-19 consent form for those insureds who practice in states requiring consent.
- -OMIC also developed an essential eye exam and treatment consent form.
- -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 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
- -Information on Disaster Assistance/Loans for Small Businesses Facing Economic Hardship as a result of COVID-19: www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
- -Another resource provided by the FSO’s General Counsel Holland & Knight: What Florida Businesses Need To Know About the COVID-19 Response. This report is continuously being updated on a real-time basis and provides electronic access to orders issued by the Governor and regulatory agencies concerning COVID-19.
- -Congress Rushes to Get a Nearly $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package to President. The legislation includes $100 billion for hospitals and physicians. www.aao.org/eye-on-advocacy-article/congress-rushes-to-get-nearly-2-trillion-covid-19
- -ASCRS put together a detailed outline of important Phase III Stimulus Relief-Key Physician Provisions.
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.
- -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.
- -In response to COVID-19, Topcon Healthcare is providing FREE Breath Shields for its slit lamps. Visit bit.ly/topconshield to request your breath shield.
- -Bascom Palmer Eye Institute weekly virtual education programs
- -Mayo Clinic virtual education programs
- -Academy COVID-19 Relief Webinars
- -ZEISS is providing FREE protective breath shields for slit lamps for ophthalmic practices. Click here for more information or to submit a request.