ASAP e-newsletter: March 30, 2020
We're cheering for you this National Doctors Day
This National Doctors Day, under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, we send our most heartfelt thank you for your service to your patients. Words fall short in truly recognizing your sacrifice and dedication, and those of us with no medical training can only stay home for you, cheer from the sidelines, and offer help and resources when you need it. Know that we are here for you. Contact us anytime.
Congress passes COVID-19 relief package
Friday, March 27, Congress approved and President Trump signed a massive $2 trillion stimulus and COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill includes a variety of measures designed to support small businesses, including medical practices. Notably, it would create a new loan product within the Small Business Administration for loans of up to $10 million to help cover payroll and overhead costs, with expanded loan forgiveness criteria designed to ensure that small businesses do not lay off employees.  Read more here.
Tools you can use now to access financial assistance for your practice
We know this is an extremely challenging time for physicians generally and for practice owners specifically as you try to maintain your practices' financially stability. As detailed above, Congress approved a massive $2 trillion stimulus and COVID-19 relief package. Even before all of the details are available, there are resources that can help you now.

  • CMS webinar: Limiting the Financial Impact on You and Your Practice - Friday, April 3, 12 - 1 p.m.; register here
  • Financial support options; this webpage will be updated regularly
  • Disaster loan assistance for small businesses of less than 500 employees (loans of up to $2 million with terms up to 30 years at a 3.75 percent interest rate); *practices may only be able to take advantage of one federal loan program; check with your loan agent for more information
  • Stimulus webinar from the Denver Metro Chamber (advance the recording to 12:40)
Colorado Senators answer your CARES Act questions during Physician Town Hall, Wednesday, April 1
Please join your colleagues this Wednesday evening for the next Physicians' Town Hall on COVID-19 brought to you by CMS and many co-sponsors from the Colorado house of medicine. Register here for the town hall on April 1, 6 - 7 p.m., which will feature U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner answering your questions on the new federal stimulus. Town halls are limited to 500 participants; archived recordings are available on our website the following day.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner
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In case you missed it
COVID-19 Care Line for Physicians (Care Line): 720-810-9131
The Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) has established a support line for any Colorado physician or physician assistant to call for support in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. By contacting the Care Line at 720-810-9131, you will be linked with a physician peer who will listen and discuss stresses associated with the COVID-19 crisis, and caring for those suffering from the disease. Calls are free of charge and confidential to the extent allowed by the law. Call today or find more information on the CPHP website.
Not in active practice and unsure where to pitch in? Fill out the Colorado health care response volunteer sign up form
CMS has received many questions about how retired physicians or medical students can join in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete the form on the Help Colorado Now website and indicate your experience to be matched with the needs of hospitals, testing sites or care facilities.
Template for proof of "essential employee," "critical business" status
With the entire state of Colorado under a stay-a-home order, documents are encouraged to prove a worker/business is deemed "essential/critical." CMS recommends physicians traveling to or from an essential job carry ID badges and proof you fall under the health care worker exemption. The Mesa County Health Department created a template for employee documentation; access the template for employees here. Note that anyone using this form should replace "Mesa County" with the name of your county. Special thanks to the Mesa County Medical Society for sharing this resource. The State of Colorado released instructions for critical businesses to self-certify. Access the template for businesses here.
CMS and Foothills Medical Society hosted telehealth webinar featuring Carolynn Francavilla, MD, and Andrew Brookens, MD
Did you miss Friday's webinar, "Telehealth & Virtual Private Practice Strategies"? Watch the archived version on the CMS website here. Carolynn Francavilla, MD, of Green Mountain Partners for Health, and Andrew Brookens, MD, of Altitude Kidney Health share their personal experiences and advice for success in telehealth, and answer participants' questions.
From the AMA: Resources for private practice physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic
The American Medical Association released three new or updated resources for private-practice physicians in response to the unique operational and business challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. A financial checklist that provides physicians and administrators with high-level guidance and 14 practical tips for keeping medical practices in business during this public health crisis.
  2. Eight recommendations for navigating non-essential care to support physicians and practices in developing policies and procedures to triage non-urgent patient requests appropriately.
  3. Updates to the Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice, a resource designed to help mobilize remote care with implementation tips, as well as a reference to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for reporting telemedicine and remote care services.
CMS staff is regularly updating our website with COVID-19 resources; visit cms.org/covid-19
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Join us for the 2020 Coalition for Physician Well-Being annual national conference! July 13-15, 2020 at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver! www.forphysicianwellbeing.org
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