COVID-19 Resources for Emergency PhysiciansThe following are excellent resources regarding COVID-19:
COVID-19 News and Information
Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities During COVID-19
FACT SHEET: EXPANSION OF THE ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM FOR PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY
Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
Response to request from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Civil Litigation Involving Health Care Workers Inappropriate During COVID-19 Pandemic
PA Provider Coalitition Final Advocacy Letter - Healthcare Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund
Summary of BPOA Suspended Licensing Regulations
Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response
COVID SUD Resources (Shared by UPMC)
Governor Wolf has suspended some of the regulations regarding institutional physician licenses under the State Board of Medicine
Licensed Health Care Practitioners Can Provide Telemedicine Services to Pennsylvanians During Coronavirus Emergency
Issuance of Temporary Licenses to Health Care Practitioners Not Licensed In Pennsylvania to be Expedited During Coronavirus Emergency
Government and Organizations
American College of Emergency Physicians
Pennsylvania Department of Health
PA Dept of Health and PA Dept of State Letter to Healthcare Providers on Guidance Related to COVID-19 Response
PA DOH Interim Guidance on Discontinuing Home Isolation/Quarantine and Returning to Work Criteria for Healthcare Providers with COVID-19
Other Vital Information
Department of Human Services (DHS) related to Child Care Services, Human Service Benefits, and Telemedicine.
- People will not be cut off from benefits because they do not reapply or meet employment and training requirements during the emergency declaration period.
- The County Assistance Offices will remain open for work, but closed to the public. The Commonwealth does not have the ability to conduct this work remotely at this time. They've already seen a spike in application for benefits.
- Telemedicine is being encouraged for all medically necessary healthcare services. This includes early intervention services. More information and links to guidance below.
- Older Adult Day Facilities are closed. Community Support Participation may be provided in homes.
- The office of Development Programs will still conduct abuse and neglect investigations, investigate complaints about facilities, and help support organizations remotely.
- Eligibility for food assistance via SNAP has been extended for three months. The Department is working on delaying federal rules that would limit access.
- Childcare centers should close. However, small group and family in-home childcare can stay open.
- Childcare centers that serve families that must continue to go to work - for example emergency service personnel and health care professionals - may apply for an exemption to stay open. The email to apply for that exemption is: RA-PWDRACERT@pa.gov
Telemedicine is a preferred method for healthcare during this emergency. Insurers and governments, including Medicaid and Medicare, are waiving many regulations that limit access. Patients may be able to receive services using their own phones from their homes.
Specific guidance for Pennsylvania's Medicaid program can be found here and here.
Specific guidance for Medicare beneficiaries (FAQ) can be found here and below:
PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPANDS TELEHEALTH BENEFITS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
MEDICARE TELEMEDICINE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FACT SHEET