Important websites to follow for the most up-to-date coronavirus information:
CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed information and guidance for healthcare professionals on caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection. Learn more.
CMS Guidance for Clinicians and Healthcare Providers
Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) newsroom for updates and new clinical and technical guidance, billing and coding information. Learn more.
AOA COVID-19 Resource Page
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has assembled a COVID-19 resource page to help physicians and medical students navigate the global health crisis. Among the latest updates: a summary of the CARES Act, CMS expansion and a telemedicine webinar. The AOA’s COVID-19 resource page can be found online here.
HHS issues $30 billion in direct deposits to hospitals and health care providers enrolled in Medicare
On April 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began delivering $30 billion in relief funding to support hospitals and health care providers enrolled in the Medicare program. Learn more about eligibility and distribution of payments on the HHS website.
What the CARES Act means for physicians
The AOA Public Policy team reviewed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and identified the most relevant provisions for physicians and medical students. Physician practices seeking financial assistance should visit the Small Business Administration website, which offers a link to approved lenders. Learn more.
On-demand webinar: The CDC updates the osteopathic community on COVID-19
On March 26, the AOA hosted a webinar with CDC representatives to provide information on distribution of PPE, testing criteria and availability, and guidelines for practicing physicians. View the webinar replay.
COVID-19 Information Hub and Insurance Guide for Physicians
Physician offices have unique insurance needs, especially during a pandemic. AOA Insurance, powered by Gallagher, offers resources to assist physicians during the public health crisis. The COVID-19 Information Hub provides updates on business and human resources coverage. Learn more.
Osteopathic medical students may be graduating early to fight COVID-19
The AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), which accredits the nation’s 38 osteopathic medical schools, will allow colleges of osteopathic medicine to offer early graduation to certain medical students in their fourth year to increase the health care workforce fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news release.
New CME on OMM techniques that provide relief for COVID-19
We are excited to partner with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to offer an online learning activity to help you review applicable OMM techniques for optimizing pulmonary function in COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 patients. The e-Learning module, titled, “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Techniques Addressing Respiratory Symptoms of COVID-19” will provide a refresher in applicable OMM techniques. Free for all members and non-members, the patient-centered CME will offer 1.0 AOA 1-B credit or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more and enroll today.
Created in collaboration with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), this online learning module shares surprising insights from the frontlines on treating COVID-19 patients with OMM.
Physicians and Other Clinicians: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19