Keeping Physicians in Mind and Informed.
COVID-19 Update, 12/3
December 3, 2020 |
Status Update as of 12/3 from ADH Website: 

  • Total cumulative cases in Arkansas - 142,722
  • New confirmed cases since 12/2 - 2,789
  • Active cases - 12,822
  • Recovered patients - 127,537
  • Deaths - 2,555
  • Patients in the hospital - 1,072
  • Patients on ventilators - 190
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Use of Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for Mild to Moderate COVID-19

From the Arkansas Department of Health on November 25:

On Nov 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an EUA to permit the emergency use of the unapproved product bamlanivimab (manufacturer Eli Lilly) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing who are 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg, and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

On Nov 21, FDA issued another EUA to permit the emergency use of the unapproved products casirivimab and imdevimab (manufacturer Regeneron) to be administered together for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID19 and/or hospitalization.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is allocating initial doses of these investigational monoclonal antibody to state health departments free of cost to be distributed within their territories.

Arkansas Department of Health, working in collaboration with the Arkansas Hospital Association has identified sites for administration of these monoclonal antibodies; and will be providing the medication to these locations.

Does Your Clinic Still Need PPE? Let Us Know.

If your clinic continues to have difficulty finding PPE through private suppliers, please fill out the AMS PPE Form below.

NOTE: If you completed a PPE form since 9\11\2020, you do NOT need to submit a new request.

Please only list those items that you are unable to purchase or unable to purchase at a reasonable price.

PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE FORM PER CLINIC. If your clinic has multiple locations please include the needs of all locations on one form.

CMS Announces Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services and Improved Payment for Time Doctors Spend with Patients

On December 1, CMS released the annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, prioritizing CMS’ investment in primary care and chronic disease management by increasing payments to physicians and other practitioners for the additional time they spend with patients, especially those with chronic conditions. The rule allows non-physician practitioners to provide the care they were trained and licensed to give, cutting red tape so health care professionals can practice at the top of their license and spend more time with patients instead of on unnecessary paperwork. This final rule takes steps to further implement President Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors including prioritizing the expansion of proven alternatives like telehealth.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, actions by the Trump Administration have unleashed an explosion in telehealth innovation, and we’re now moving to make many of these changes permanent,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Medicare beneficiaries will now be able to receive dozens of new services via telehealth, and we’ll keep exploring ways to deliver Americans access to health care in the setting that they and their doctor decide makes sense for them.”

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