As nurses and healthcare professionals, we know you are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. We want to make sure you have access to reliable, accurate information and resources that help you better serve your patients and community.
Each Friday, we will share an update with the most helpful resources we have found to-date, specifically
for HIV/AIDS healthcare teams and PLWHIV
. All past updates can be found on our website. Additionally, we will share information as we receive it on our
Click here to view all past COVID-19 updates, along with other relevant resources.
Thank you for all you are doing to care for your communities.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) team helps clinicians, public health officials and local communities improve COVID-19 response capacity and preparedness by providing current and reliable information. They are offering a series of webinars on COVID-19 issues for clinicians and posting them on their website for viewing any time. Topics include underlying health conditions and optimizing PPE. Follow COCA on Facebook for real-time updates. Register for email updates: Click here
- American Nurses Association (ANA) Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, outlines six key points shared with the Administration about PPE supplies and creative staffing strategies to sustain the nursing workforce, which can be reviewed in a press release shared by the ANA. It is a must read for all nurses and healthcare workers: Click here
- Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website offers several resources for clinicians for occupational health, infection control, PPE considerations and more. Access two of their curated collections on emergency preparedness and infection control in long term care settings for FREE through Sept. 30: Click here
- As the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) grows, a group of digital and procurement professionals has created Project N95 for health care providers. This is for serious health care provider and system inquiries only. It is not for individuals. If you work for a hospital, health system, medical practice or any other institution that needs bulk PPE, please visit the site and complete their request form: Click here
- Nurses make up the bulk of the healthcare workforce and are natural problem solvers and innovators. Therefore, we stand out as indispensable at any time, but especially during a public health emergency. Prioritizing self-care becomes more crucial than ever during a time like this. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association put together a website on managing stress and self-care during COVID-19 for nurses: Click here
In upcoming weeks, it's expected that more people will become sick due to COVID-19. Nurses will be called upon to offer information on how patients can care for themselves or family members at home. This CDC source offers good, simple, easy-to-understand guidance with links to more information about hand washing, disinfection, home care and isolation techniques:
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) expanded Telehealth regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective for services starting March 6, 2020 and for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Medicare will make payment for Medicare telehealth services furnished to patients in broader circumstances. These visits are considered the same as in-person visits and are paid at the same rate as regular, in-person visits. For more information see the Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet: Click here