Telemedicine and COVID-19: Take Care of Your Patients While Allowing Them to Stay at Home
The Central Valley Medical Societies have partnered to host a FREE Webinar to Physicians and Office Staff on recent regulatory changes announced by CMS in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

This live webinar will review what you can do in your office to ensure accurate coding and documentation requirements for telehealth, e-visits, and other remote services as well as explain new CPT and ICD-10 diagnosis codes pertaining to testing for COVID-19.

Thursday March 26 - 11:30AM to 12:30PM
Thursday March 26 - 6:30PM to 7:30PM
Information from Wuhan
On behalf of Dr. Pamela Roussos...

Dear Colleagues,

I have reached out to a physician from Union hospital of Wuhan Tongji Medical College who was on the front lines in Wuhan and one of the first batch of physicians who were treating patients after the COVID-19 outbreak there. Following is a link to a handbook that can be used as a resource for you.  It outlines PPE, disinfection, diagnosis, treatment, discharge, etc.

I am sure it will be one of many informational resources for our medical community as we have many connections to institutions that are in many stages of the pandemic. I thought it to be useful as a community physician that does family practice and hospital medicine to share it with my fellow colleagues. The physician from Wuhan did mention that aprox 80% of patients did fine with self isolation, lots of oral hydration and good nutrition at home.

My best wishes to everyone during this time.  

Dr. Pam Roussos
CMA District VI Delegation Vice Chair
Upcoming FREE* Webinars from CMA
Employment and Practice Staffing Issues: COVID-19 Emergency

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges for physicians in their role as an employer. In this webinar, attorney Oscar Rivas from Landegger Baron Law Group, will discuss a range of topics to help practices navigate employment and staffing issues, including the applicability of and exceptions to “shelter in place" orders, employee leave and time off, staff furlough and layoffs, and benefits available to staff and practices impacted by COVID-19.
March 27, 2020 - 12:15PM to 1:15PM

Implementing Telehealth in Your Practice: COVID-19 Emergency

Telehealth continues to deliver value in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing physicians to see patients safely and limit the spread of the virus. Additionally, federal and state waivers, guidance and directives now enable physicians to get reimbursed fairly for telehealth visits, practices.
This webinar will provide you with tools and resources for implementing telehealth in your practice. We will discuss options for your practice including the recently announced partnership between CMA Physician Services and Amwell.  
March 30, 2020 - 12:15PM to 1:15PM

Financial Assistance Available to Practices: COVID-19 Emergency

This webinar will provide a layout out of financial assistance programs available to physician practices and small businesses, offered by both the federal government and the State of California. These programs are intended to help practices maintain their financial viability while dealing with the influx of patients into their offices and the moratorium of non-essential procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMA staff will direct physicians to specific resources they can take advantage of during this crisis. 
March 31, 2020 - 12:15PM to 1:15PM

*As part of KCMS/CMA's COVID-19 support to all physician practices, this webinar is  FREE to all , including non-members.
Latest COVID-19 Facts
Kern County (as of 3/25/2020, 3:45PM)
Positive Tests - 23
Deaths - 0

California (as of 3/24/2020, 2:00PM)
Confirmed Cases - 2,535
Deaths - 40

United States (as of 3/25/2020, 12:00PM)
Confirmed Cases - 54,453
Deaths - 737

World (as of 3/25/2020)
Confirmed Cases - 416,686
Deaths - 18,589
Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions
CMA has developed a great FAQ on COVID-19. It answers questions by topic and topics include:

  • Personnel
  • Financial
  • Telehealth
  • Testing
  • Prescribing
  • Miscellaneous

Local COVID-19 Resources