Issue #11| March 31, 2020
Your COVID-19 news & updates


We will continue to bring you updates on COVID-19 as we are provided with new information. If you receive new information, or if you would like to share info about how your practice is responding, please feel free to share it with us by emailing ldearing@azafp.org. Thank you!
AZ Policy Update
by: Peters, Cannata & Moody plc                         
At 5:00 p.m., Governor Ducey’s executive order to “ stay home, stay healthy, stay connected ” went into effect.  The Arizona Republic   has some examples  of how this could impact daily life in Arizona.

Earlier today, the Governor deferred  liquor licensing fees  for bars and restaurants and announced that Arizona has received  75%  of our portion of the Strategic National Stockpile allocation of medical supplies.

The Trump administration decided that it  will not allow  a special enrollment period for the Federal Insurance Marketplace, despite  Governor Ducey’s request  for one.

The State Board of Education held a special meeting today to provide guidance for schools that are adapting to serve students while school facilities  are closed  due to COVID-19.   Click here  for a summary of the Board’s actions.

Though the legislature is scheduled to reconvene on April 13, some leaders recognize the unexpected break will likely  have to be extended .


Arizona Medical Board Update
The Arizona Medical Board (AMB) recently learned that scammers are becoming more aggressive in targeting physicians.
Scammers are sending written communication fraudulently asserting that they represent the AMB. They demand the payment of monies so the physician can avoid license suspension.

Please know that any revocation of a license is a multi step process including the right to a due process hearing.

A communication like this one would never be sent from the AMB, and beyond standard license fees, there are very few instances where the AMB would collect money directly from a physician.


Payer Update:
Please remember that as we reported last week, Gov Ducey has issued an Executive Order on Telemedicine and included in this order is a requirement for payers to pay the SAME for a Telemedicine visit as they do for a regular visit so please feel free to reference this Executive Order #2020-15 if your office experiences payment issues.

Check out ALL of the AzAFP's COVID-19 updates here on our website: AzAFP COVID-19 Resources Page