Member Alert April 7: Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 Resources

As of April 6, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has confirmed 1,008 positive cases of COVID-19 and has tested 19,955 Kentuckians. The official KDPH COVID-19 webpage, available here, includes these updated totals as of 5pm ET each day. The site also contains a map of confirmed cases by county, as well as information on telehealth and donating personal protective equipment (PPE). In Your Own Words: Mark Schroer, M.D. KMA is sharing the first-person accounts of physicians from across

In Your Own Words: Mark Schroer, M.D.

KMA is sharing the first-person accounts of physicians from across the state as they prepare for and battle the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will also be published at kyma.org/covid19. If you are interested in submitting an account, please email Emily Schott, schott@kyma.org.  KMA spoke to Mark Schroer, M.D., Internal Medicine Specialist, Newport, regarding his experience.   As I walk to the office each morning it feels like the beginning of a bad detective novel.  “The streets were quiet. Too quiet. I

In Your Own Words: Emily Miller, M.D., MS, FAAP

KMA is sharing the first-person accounts of physicians from across the state as they prepare for and battle the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will also be published at kyma.org/covid19. If you are interested in submitting an account, please email Emily Schott, schott@kyma.org.  KMA spoke to Emily Miller, M.D., MS, FAAP Neonatal Fellow with the UofL Department of Pediatrics regarding her experience. I mentally prepare for my first hospital shift since the pandemic started. My hands skip over the neatly hung professional

Member Alert April 6: COVID-19 and Healthcare Providers: Relief, Business and Employment Concerns Online Enduring CME Activity

An online CME opportunity is now available from KMA and McBrayer, PLLC for physicians that provides a comprehensive explanation of the provisions of the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The activity details how these two new laws and guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Labor affect healthcare organizations as businesses, employers, and providers of healthcare and emergency response. For more information and to complete the activity, click here. In

Member Alert April 3: Revisions: Medicare Telehealth Services During COVID-19

Medicare continues to announce new flexibilities and expand telehealth coverage in response to the COVID-19 emergency.  On March 17, Medicare announced it would allow providers to bill Medicare fee-for-service for patient care in all areas of the country and in all settings, including the beneficiary’s home. Additional changes and clarifications made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) include: Medicare is further expanding access to allow for more than 80 additional services to be provided via telehealth. Medicare

Member Alert April 2: Volunteers Requested for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is recruiting volunteer healthcare professionals, including physicians, for a number of potential scenarios related to COVID-19. These include helping at field hospitals, isolation facilities and testing sites. A letter from Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack, M.D., available here, further outlines the request. A letter from Gov. Beshear is also available that describes workers compensation and liability coverage for volunteers. Volunteers can identify themselves using this link: https://ky.readyop.com/contact/register/71 CMS Webinar: Lessons from The Front Lines:

In Your Own Words: Suzanne McGee, M.D.

KMA is sharing the first-person accounts of physicians from across the state as they prepare for and battle the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will also be published at kyma.org/covid19. If you are interested in submitting an account, please email Emily Schott, schott@kyma.org.  KMA spoke to Suzanne McGee, M.D., UofL Physicians Emergency Medicine, regarding her experience. Finding the “Bright Spots” in Pandemic Times Several months ago, on a red-eye flight home, I was reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a heart-wrenching and

Member Alert April 1: DEA Removes Barrier for Treating Opioid Use Disorder During COVID-19

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder. The new guidance permits physicians and other health professionals with a waiver allowing them to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder to issue these prescriptions to new and existing patients based on an evaluation via telephone. The new policy is effective from March 31 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The full guidance

In Your Own Words: William Thornbury, M.D.

KMA is sharing the first-person accounts of physicians from across the state as they prepare for and battle the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will also be published at kyma.org/covid19. If you are interested in submitting an account, please email Emily Schott, schott@kyma.org.  KMA spoke to William Thornbury, M.D., of Glasgow specifically regarding his experience with telehealth. Posted March 31, 2020 Telehealth is working very well. About half the cases we’re seeing right now are telehealth cases. I would attribute a lot

Member Alert March 31: CMS Announces New Temporary Telehealth Waivers, Flexible Rules in Response to COVID-19

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to assist with flexibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The waivers include Medicare coverage for telephone services, significant additions to the list of covered telehealth services such as emergency visits, and greater clarity on the use of remote patient monitoring for acute conditions like COVID-19. More information on the waivers can be found in a fact sheet and press release from CMS.

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