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Friday, April 24, 2020
Michigan expands coronavirus testing criteria and sites
Michigan recently expanded coronavirus (COVID-19) testing criteria to include individuals with mild symptoms ( read update ).

The state's coronavirus resources website includes a search tool for locating a testing center . Please note that most sites require patients to bring written testing orders or prescription to receive testing. Some require appointments. Details are listed with each testing site.

The Physician Alliance created a special " Coronavirus Resources" webpage on our website under the Learning Institute tab. This webpage shares key federal and state information links, tip sheets, financial resources and other relevant information related to the coronavirus pandemic.
CME credits available for COVID-19 education and work
Michigan State Medical Society is offering a series of education programs to assist physician practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include tips for employers and information on the CARES Act, which provides grants, loans and more. CME credits are available when noted.

  • View What Physicians Need to Know as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar (1 hour, 1 CME credit)
  • View the CARES Act Impact webinar (35 minutes, 0.5 CME credit)

  • View the webinar overview of the CARES Act and topics relating to small business and financial resources (50 minutes)

Michigan's Executive Order 2020-49 states that “effective immediately and continuing through May 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm, LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure.” Physicians who are members of MSMS may submit information for CME credits. Type of work includes research, reading articles, listening to podcasts, discussing plans and direct clinical care of COVID-19 patients. Contact MSMS directly for information on these credits.
How cyber secure is your practice?
It’s important to be vigilante in protecting the security of practice information and patient data. Protecting this sensitive data is more important than ever before with so many employees currently working remotely and an increase in scams and cyber attacks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Practices can help improve and manage the security of data by having a security plan. Help reduce fraudulent activity through these online security tips:
  • Create policies and educate staff outlining acceptable use of corporate devices, especially as it relates to e-mailing/web browsing/social networks
  • Ensure all employees are aware of phishing scams and potential dangers of opening attachments or clicking links in e-mails from unknown sources
  • Help protect your computers from malicious programs by installing and regularly updating anti-virus and anti-spyware software
  • Require staff to have strong passwords in place that get changed regularly
  • Limit access of removable media devices (CDs, USB devices) limit or turn off access to any unnecessary application
  • Assess online accounts daily to check for fraudulent transactions
  • Back up critical data automatically or at a minimum weekly (store copies of data in the cloud or offsite)
  • Safeguard internet connection by encrypting information and using a firewall. Make sure wi-fi networks are secure/password-protected.
  • Keep track of business data and who has access to it. Read more on how to protect your sensitive data here.

What's your cyber personality? Take this quiz to learn more.

This checklist from Huntington Insurance can help ensure your business is protected.

Source: Huntington Insurance , a partner in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program, offers cyber liability insurance and more to members. Contact Rick Loss at Rick.loss@huntington.com or 419-720-7911 for more information.
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