COVID-19 Informational Resource Page (Updated 6/08/21; 10:00 A)

The Virginia MGMA has created this page as a resource for medical practice management professionals regarding COVID-19. It includes current information, webinars, articles, documents, links, etc. we are receiving on this rapidly changing situation. Our Corporate Sponsors have also submitted helpful information. Please check this page often for updates.
NOTE: VMGMA has not vetted these resources and recommends you consult your attorney or CPA before making any changes to how you conduct business. This page is for information only.             

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has renewed the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 effective April 21, 2021. This extension will continue all telehealth waivers and other flexibilities pursuant to the determination. As with previous determinations, the renewed PHE will end 90 days after its effective date on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, unless it is further extended. The Biden administration has previously indicated that it plans to continue extending the COVID-19 PHE at least for the remainder of 2021.

Legislation to Extend PPP Signed Into LawCongress passed legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021. The bill passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Biden earlier this week. Without the passage of this legislation, the PPP would have expired on March 31, 2021. This extension will give medical groups an additional two months to apply for either a first or second draw PPP loan.
Senate Clears Legislation to Extend 2% Medicare Sequester Moratorium
On March 25, the Senate voted 90-2 to pass MGMA-supported legislation that would extend the 2% Medicare sequester moratorium through Dec. 31, 2021. Without further congressional action, the current moratorium was slated to expire on March 31, 2021. The House is expected to pass this legislation when it returns from recess in mid-April. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed Medicare Administrative Contractors to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1 for a short period of time until the legislation passes the House and is signed into law. CMS does not expect this hold to affect providers’ cash flow and wants to minimize the number of claims that would need to be reprocessed if this legislation is passed. MGMA thanks our members who participated in #MGMAAdvocacy and sent letters to congressional members in support of an extension of the moratorium.

Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (Philadelphia Regional Office)

To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, please click HERE. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, guidance and other information in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

(6/7/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: June is National COVID-19 Month of Action

 

As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
With information coming from many different sources, CMS has summarized resources and materials to help you communicate with the people that you serve. You can find these and more resources on the COVID-19 Partner Resources Page and the HHS COVID Education Campaign page. We look forward to working with you to encourage our beneficiaries and consumers to get vaccinated. For more information, visit the CMS COVID-19 Policies and Guidance page.
June is National COVID-19 Vaccine Month of Action
The HHS “We Can Do This” COVID-19 Community Corps has kicked off a month-long mobilization effort to get our communities vaccinated by July 4th! The National Vaccine Month of Action is a collaborative effort with thousands of national organizations, community-based partners, and everyday people, serving as trusted messengers, listening to people’s concerns, and helping them make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccinations.
There are plenty of ways to take action near you or virtually. You can find more opportunities to participate here.
“Back to School” Vaccinations
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign aims to get children and teens vaccinated so they are protected when they go back to in-person learning. Whether your organization is looking to catch children up on missed vaccines or promoting the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents, you can find the Campaign’s many resources to promote well-child visits and vaccines on InsureKidsNow.gov.
Vaccines.gov - Making it Easier to Find Vaccines
Visit vaccines.gov, text GETVAX (438829), or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 to search and find a vaccine near you.
Visit vacunas.gov (Spanish), VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites on your phone within seconds.
STAY CONNECTED
Join the We Can Do This Community Corps: Help in the fight against COVID-19 by encouraging family, friends, and your community to get vaccinated. Join the Community Corps to get tips, tools and resources to share. See https://wecandothis.hhs.gov/covidcommunitycorps
For more information on CMS COVID-19 Partner Updates, please contact us: [email protected]

 

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VMGMA 2021 Corporate Sponsor Resources
McKesson Medical Surgical
-  Webinar: COVID-19 Trends Impacting Providers, powered by Avalere
-  Webinar: Preparing for the New Normal: Virtualizing Medical Care Post Pandemic, brought to you by Amwell
Webinar Wednesday Page: Complete form on right of screen to be alerted to upcoming webinars
-  McKesson Medical-Surgical Covid-19 Support Portal
Coverys
- FAQ For Policy Holders & Helpful Information
- COVID-19 Article
RxVantage
- Blog Post: Combating Burnout During the Ongoing Pandemic
- Blog Post: 7 Books for Managers to Read During COVID and Beyond
- Blog Post: Message Reps Individually or in Groups
- Updated "Reopening Playbook" with more resources and insights for practices navigating a new normal in vendor/rep communications.

- Safely Re-Opening Amid COVID-19 Vendor Rep. Visitation Protocol Update
- Sample Policy: COVID-19 Vendor/Rep Visitation Protocol Update
- Insight/Guidance on Vendor/Rep Visitation
Article
(5/18/20) Contain Costs By Addressing Financial Barriers to Medication Adherence
(5/18/20) Building a Clinical Education Strategy
(5/18/20) 5 Ways to Boost Practice Efficiency on a Shoestring Budget
(5/18/20) COVID-19 & Medical Practices Updating Protocols For Rep Engagement
(5/18/20) Life Science Companies & Healthcare Providers Partnering for Value Based Patient Care
(5/18/20) 7 Free or Low Cost Ways to Increase Practice Efficiency
RCM&D

- Click HERE for COVID-19 information.
MSVIA / MSV
- Click HERE for MSVIA COVID-19 information.
- Click HERE for MSV COVID-19 information.
HandCraft Linen & Uniform Specialists
- Article: How To Reduce Contamination in Patient Rooms
Curi
- COVID-19 Resource PAGE
The Doctors Company
- COVID-19 Malpractice Coverage FAQ Page. Although it is written for TDC members, there is general information included as well.
- COVID-19 Resource Center
LabCorp
- Link to LabCorp Informational Page

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TOTAL MEDICAL COMPLIANCE

21st Century Cures Act Resources

Virginia is the very first state to implement a standard specifically addressing measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This standard is known as Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19, 16VAC25-220. It serves as a supplement to enhance existing Virginia OSHA (VOSH) laws, rules, and regulations and applies to all employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan must be updated to reflect changes in the standard or created and implemented by March 26, 2021 for groups that fall into the very high, high, and medium with 11 or more workers’ level of risk.
All employees should be trained about the updated standard, COVID 19, prevention measures, and the Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan by March 26, 2021.
You need to have both the written plan and the training to be compliant with Virginia Standard Infectious Disease and Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19 §16VAC25-220.
Link for more information: https://www.totalmedicalcompliance.com/virginias-infection-disease-prevention/

Virginia Becomes First State to Adopt COVID-19-Related Workplace Health and Safety Standard  (Lexology Article)

Virginia Department of Health: Click HERE
CDC
: Click HERE
US Department of Labor / Wage & Hour Division
   - Employee Rights Poster
   - Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Medical Leave Under FFCRA

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