A bi-weekly newsletter from your physician organization
Friday, July 17, 2020
New resources help promote vaccines during COVID-19
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently reported that state vaccine rates decreased since last year. The lower vaccination rates are likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccine Doses Administered: 
44.8% decrease in doses reported in May 2020 compared to May 2018 and 2019

By age group, this represents a:

  • 22.3% decrease in children 0-8 years, including 15.0% decrease in children 0-24 months
  • 65.5% decrease in adolescents 9-18 years
  • 67.0% decrease in adults 19-105 years

Encouraging patients to continue with vaccines is important to maintaining the health of patient populations. MDHHS created a website offering a multitude of resources for providers giving vaccines during COVID-19. There is a guide for immunizing providers returning to practice, communication resources and more.

The Centers for Disease Control & Preventio n also offers resources for encouraging vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic , including social media graphics, newsletter articles and other great tips.
New deadline for Paycheck Protection Program applications
The Small Business Association recently reopened applications for the Paycheck Protection Program . The new deadline to apply is Aug. 8, 2020 .

The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to small businesses to help keep their workforce employed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Loans will be forgiven if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click for loan details.

Visit SBA's website for more information on this program. View a list of participating lenders.
Mask up, Michigan campaign launched with new requirement
A new Michigan executive order requires people to wear a face covering when outside their place of residence to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes in any indoor public space, outdoor spaces where 6 feet of distancing is not possible and when waiting for or riding public transportation, while in a taxi or rideshare vehicle or other hired transportation.

Businesses open to the public are required to refuse entry or service to those who decline to wear a face covering under Executive Order 147 . A frequently asked questions document about Michigan's face covering requirements, including exceptions, is available here .

Research  shows that masks can greatly reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, especially when  approximately 40 percent of those who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. The state launched a Mask Up, Michigan section on their website with information to encourage the public to wear a mask and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Some available resources include:

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  • Stop the Spread of Germs poster
  • Wear a mask Facebook post

Michigan's COVID-19 cases are on the rise again with over 70,300 confirmed cases and over 6,000 deaths (as of 7/14). For more information on COVID-19 testing and other resources in Michigan, click here .
Learn coding, quality improvement, care management and more
Confused about quality metrics? Do the provider delivered care management program requirements make you scratch your head? Not sure what code to input for billing?

Check out The Physician Alliance's virtual programs from the office or wherever. These events are offered to TPA members only.

Quality/PDCM/Wellcentive/ADT 2020 webinar series
Programs are 12-1pm on the second Tuesday of the month.

Aug. 11 - click for info
Sept. 8 - click for info
Oct. 13 - click for info
Nov. 10 (details to come)
Dec. 8 (details to come)

Education updates and Q&A time included.

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Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) Coding webinar
Tuesday, Aug. 18; 8-9am
Presenter: Mary Mallory, CEMC, ambulatory coding education specialist, The Physician Alliance
Click for info

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Lunch with the Coder: ICD-10 Coding Updates
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 12-1pm
Enjoy lunch in your office while learning important coding information and updates.
Presenter: Mary Mallory, CEMC, ambulatory coding education specialist, The Physician Alliance
Click for info
New business program offers more discounts
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Office Depot launched a new business savings program for The Physician Alliance members. This program provides special discounts that extend to almost every item, access to Office Depot’s technology services and local business pros, and more. 

The savings include:

  • 20% to 55% off popular office supply items
  • 20% to 55% off retail prices on cleaning & break room items 
  • 10% off branded and 20% off private brand ink & toner items
  • Average 10% off retail prices on 200 technology items 
  • Free next-day shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • SIGNIFICANT savings on copy & print

Start saving today!

For more information, contact Alexis Sultenfuss at alexis.sultenfuss@officedepot.com or 855.337.6811 Ext.12734

Office Depot is an Affiliate Partner of The Physician Alliance.
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