Covid-19 Resources for Physicians and Patients
The following guidance is drawn primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) resources for health care professionals on Covid-19. Additional information is provided based on resources from the American Medical Association, MedChi, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. We recommend always referring to both MDH and CDC guidance for the most recent information. We have resources for your business from the Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration. Here is our Covid-19 resource page for physicians and patients.
Covid-19 Economic Resources
4/16/20 The small business rescue fund set up by Congress has exhausted its $350 billion funding capacity, as U.S. lawmakers remained in a stalemate over how to allocate more money.
Without additional funding, banks and the Small Business Administration will be unable to approve more of the “Paycheck Protection Program” loans designed to avert layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic, which can be forgiven if businesses agree to maintain their payrolls.
Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate how to replenish the funds but an imminent deal isn’t expected.
Next week, starting on Monday, April 20, the Mainstreet Lending Program will be presented from the federal government as the PPP and BSA EIDL two programs have disbursed their funds. Here is our current COVID-19 Economic Resources page.
On-Demand: Implementation Webinar Series
The BCMA continues to work with MedChi, and its components, as well as the county and state, to pool our resources and keep physicians informed regarding the rapidly changing situation with the corona virus. We thank the Montgomery County Medical Association (MCMS) for making their programs available to all physicians.
This webinar event series, which is typically offered exclusively to MCMS physician members and their practice staff, has been opened to all physicians and practice staff during this public health crisis at no cost.
Rapid Implementation of Remote Patient Monitoring
Date Recorded: March 24, 2020 – Watch Now on YouTube
In this rapid-fire webinar, Dr. Alex Mohseni and Dr. Amy Schiffman, cohosts of the Mastering Medicare podcast, will teach you everything you need to know to get started with RPM and explain why RPM might be critical to maintaining cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You will learn:
- How RPM differs from telemedicine and CCM
- Payment potential and billing tips
- Documentation requirements
- Hardware requirements and issues, and EMR Integration
- Vendor and patient selection
- Role of RPM during COVID-19 pandemic
- How to implement RPM without disrupting your current practice
Rapid Implementation of Telehealth
Date Recorded: March 18, 2020 – Watch Now on YouTube
The current COVID-19 pandemic calls for new ways to care for the medical needs of your patients – even if it’s from a distance. That’s why MCMS is proud to partner with SimpleVisit, a division of PEAKE Technology, to offer a how-to webinar on telemedicine.
This webinar will address:
- What is Telemedicine
- Cost and Best Practices
- How to use Virtual Visits
- Launching a Telemedicine Program
- Reimbursement Considerations
- Stakeholders and Technology
MCMS thanks our presenters, Tim Hilton, Business Development Executive, PEAKE Technology Partners and Allie Clark, Industry Analyst and Content Manager, SimpleVisit. Please be sure to consult your own IT company, medical malpractice carrier, and insurance company carriers for reimbursement policies before telehealth implementation, in addition to considering the latest advisories from federal, state, and local authorities