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confused guyThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to health care delivery systems and most physician practices. New information is being released each day to assist small businesses and employees.
The Ohio State Medical Association’s Business Support page on its website lists OSMA-sponsored webinars on this topic and updates on several relief programs (including the Federal CARES Act). Changes are being made that are specific to medical practices, and OSMA plans to include new information as it is received.
The American Medical Association also offers COVID-19 practice management guidance.

laptop stethoThe Academy’s Telehealth 101 Webinar, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., is designed to help Cincinnati-area physicians improve the quality of telehealth services; share practical knowledge gained from local, state, and national resources; and provide a forum for exchange of best practices among participants. Register now.

Telehealth visits have become important tools in caring for patients while trying to keep physicians and their staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. All physicians, whether in office or hospital settings, are under strain during this time of crisis – with varying levels of knowledge and success in implementing telehealth into their practices.

Thanks to our Webinar Planning Committee and Participants: Christopher Paprzycki, MD; Barry Brook, MD; Joseph Cheng, MD; Gregory Kennebeck, MD; Michelle Knopp, MD; Maxine Lewis, CMM, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CCS-P; Gregory Rouan, MD; and Michael Schoech, MD.

Special thanks to the Academy's IT partner, PBSI Technology Solutions, for their technical assistance in producing the webinar.

CMS hosts varied, recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

Conference lines are limited so you are highly encourage to join via audio webcast, on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are intended for healthcare professionals only.

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page.

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern)

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

  • Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls;
  • Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce;
  • Put Patients Over Paperwork; and
  • Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare

April 30, 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 7476619; Audio Webcast link

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)
Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

May 1, 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9545128; Web Link

Keep up with what the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

gavelAs the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic confronts the nation, the American Medical Association (AMA), leading physician organizations and state medical societies (including the Ohio State Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, and Indiana State Medical Association) sent a letter on April 15 urging congressional leaders to protect patient access to medical care by preserving the viability of physician practices across the country. Noting that the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) includes significant programs and resources that benefit physicians and patient care, the physician organizations urged additional federal support for physician practices that are financially battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter calls on lawmakers to consider supplemental measures, including: adjustment of Medicare and Medicaid payment provisions, telemedicine services coverage, expansion of small business loan funding, tuition relief for medical students contributing to patient care, and medical liability protections.