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MSNJ Member Update - COVID-19
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
The Physicians Foundation Announces The Telehealth Initiative to Improve Access to Quality Health Care
The Physicians Foundation, AMA, Florida Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Texas Medical Association, announced the launch of The Telehealth Initiative , which helps physicians implement telehealth services. This initiative launched early as a result of COVID-19. Through The Telehealth Initiative, physicians are able to participate in immersive evidence-based coaching that will help improve patient access, experience and outcomes while maintaining continuity of care when fully implemented. The program helps participating physicians redesign their practices to successfully provide telehealth services to their patients. Additionally, the Initiative is providing free, online access to resources to encourage all physicians to consider telehealth services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth will help physicians respond to surges in sick patients needing care and protect non-infected patients with other acute or chronic conditions from potential exposure to the virus. Resources available include:
DocVilla Offering Platform for Free to Physicians
In the last few days, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), DocVilla has seen a 880% surge in patient registration looking for answers regarding Coronavirus. To help the community, they are offering DocVilla for FREE to all physicians. Using DocVilla, patients can get access to Physicians, NPs, Psychiatrists, Counselors, etc. discreetly from the comfort of their home. Register at www.DocVilla.com .
AMA Resources for Health Care Leadership
CMS Recommends Certain Surgeries be Delayed
CMS announced that it recommends all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures be delayed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more .
CMS Issues FAQs on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus
CMS released FAQs to clarify coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 by catastrophic health plans. Read the FAQs .
FDA Guidance on Coronavirus Testing
The FDA released guidance that accelerated the ability for certain laboratories to use coronavirus tests they are developing to increase testing capacity across the US. Read the guidance .
Trump to Boost Medical Supply Production for COVID-19
President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to steer private businesses to increase US production of N95 masks and other critical medical supplies and devices. Read more .
Horizon BCBSNJ COVID-19-Related Announcements
MSNJ Telehealth Webinar Series:
Part 2: Navigating Telehealth Reimbursement
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
While telehealth has become an acceptable means of delivering health care, how third party payers reimburse telehealth services vary depending on the payer. This webinar will explore the rules and regulations impacting telehealth reimbursement by the Medicare and Medicaid programs and highlight the reimbursement policies of national commercial health plans.
Rockpointe & MedChi CME Webinar:
COVID-19 in the Ambulatory Care Setting: A Practical Guide for the Multidisciplinary Team
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00pm
Capehart Scatchard Webinar: Medical Practice Preparedness for COVID-19
Friday, March 20, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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