A bi-weekly newsletter from your physician organization
Friday, November 20, 2020
Michigan tries to fight COVID-19 with new guidelines/resources
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again across the country, including Michigan. The state is averaging more than 6,000 positive cases a day for the past week, with over 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 8,000 deaths.

With this alarming trend, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services issued an emergency epidemic order beginning Nov. 18 and lasting through Dec. 8, 2020. This order includes gatherings, business restrictions and mask guidelines. Click here for a fact sheet of the epidemic order.

Tracking app available for public:
Michigan also created a COVID Alert app. This free app alerts users who may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus; lets users track any symptoms and get advice on how to protect themselves and others; and anonymously warn other app users if they were in close contact with someone testing positive for coronavirus. No GPS, location information or personal identifiers are collected or shared.

Testing sites and test processing labs:
Michigan continues to add testing sites for the public to receive COVID-19 tests - click here to search for testing sites.

Click here for a list of Michigan laboratories able to process COVID-19 patient samples.

Vaccine trials continue:
Vaccine trials continue to advance through several manufacturers. Local health systems are participating in vaccine trials. For updates on vaccine trials and news, please view the "Latest healthcare news" section below.
Give input on new patient engagement ideas
The Physician Alliance has created a variety of marketing materials to help practices engage patients. These include posters, action plans, social media graphics and more covering various health topics.

TPA would love our practices' input on what topics and materials might help you engage patients in the coming year.

Click here to take the three-question survey.

View the patient education materials available to TPA members.

Looking for help closing gaps in care? Check out the Gaps in Care Toolkit.

Interested in promoting telemedicine? Cancer screenings? Diabetes management? Download our social media graphics for use on your practice's Facebook page, website and more!
Last chance for coding and quality education programs
Prepare for the upcoming year with these special education programs.

Lunch with the Coder: CPT Updates for 2021
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12-1pm
Register now.

New CPT code updates are going into effect in the new year! Reviewing code changes in preparation of the effective date can help avoid claim denials and prevent revenue cycle interruptions. Get ready for these changes by attending this informative webinar. Here’s what to expect:

  • Attendees will be provided all procedural coding updates.
  • Medical coders will get a bit of a reprieve next year when it comes to learning new procedure codes since the CPT Editorial Panel approved fewer new codes for 2021 than usual.
  • Evaluation and management (E/M) guideline changes going into effect Jan. 1, 2021 will also be discussed.
  • Q&A time available.

Quality, Provider Delivered Care Management, Wellcentive, ADT 2020 series
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12-1pm
Register now.

Get updates and tips on these topics. Q&A time available.
End of year discounts at Office Depot
Office Depot, one of TPA's Affiliate Partners, is offering end of year discounts on purchases. The Office Depot Business Savings program lets TPA members enjoy numerous savings on supplies and solutions for the office and home. Savings examples include:

  • 20% to 55% off office supply item list
  • 20% to 55% off retail on cleaning & break room items 
  • 10% off popular brands; 20% off Office Depot brand ink & toner list
  • Average 10% off retail on 200 technology items
  • Free next-day shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • Savings on copy & print

Click here for Office Depot's November coupons.

Every day savings with these options:
  • Text TPACard to 844.446.6358 to get the store purchasing discount card on your phone.
  • Register for the Business Savings program here.
  • Click here to download an in-store purchasing card.

Contact Alexis Sultenfuss, alexis.sultenfuss@officedepot.com, 855.337.6811 Ext.12734
The latest healthcare news
Ways you can save
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