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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.

doc cmptrHow to Conduct a Patient Visit Electronically – FREE Webinar Now Available
The OSMA, in partnership with CliniSync, developed a recorded webinar to explain telehealth options, consent and security issues, and documentation and coding considerations.

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COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
New Telehealth Resource Toolkit at your fingertips – The Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center has created a comprehensive toolkit on the latest policies and implementation resources regarding telemedicine in the time of COVID-19.

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Employment & Staffing Issues in the Medical Office Due to COVID-19
The OSMA, in partnership with Mindi Wells, Esq., PHR, Founder & Managing Attorney, Wells Law, LLC, developed a recorded webinar to address how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges for physicians and practice managers in their role as an employer. Learn what to think about, where to look, who to talk to, and more as this webinar covers a range of topics to help practices navigate employment and staffing issues.

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COVID19plasmaNeed IGThe Christ Hospital has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration to begin conducting a plasma protocol using convalescent plasma treatment on patients ages 18 to 80 who are considered high risk. The treatment will use plasma donated by recovered COVID-19 patients.

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health are also continuing their efforts in fighting the spread of the coronavirus by activating as a site to follow the research protocol from the Mayo Clinic to administer convalescent plasma to the sickest patients with COVID-19.

This technique has been used to treat other viral infections, and the studies being conducted at The Christ Hospital and UC/UC Health hope to show that plasma transfusions can improve the survival rate for COVID-19 patients.

Hoxworth Blood Center is seeking individuals who have had COVID-19 and have been symptom free for at least 28 days to donate plasma. Anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 and has been fully recovered for at least 28 days,is asked to contact Hoxworth Blood Center by going to its website.

If you are a physician, hospital representative, or patient looking for more information, please email HoxCovid19@uc.edu.

Dean Kereiakes, MD, medical director of The Christ Hospital Research Institute is principal investigator for the local study, which is part of a national effort. Co-investigators working with Dr. Kereiakes are John Cafardi MD, and Douglas Hass, MD, who are infectious disease specialists at The Christ Hospital; David Oh, MD, chief medical officer of the Hoxworth Blood Center and clinical associate professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and Timothy Smith, MD, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Farmer Family Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at The Christ Hospital. This local study is sponsored by the Lindner Center for Clinical Research and Education at The Christ Hospital.

Moises Huaman, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician, is the local principal investigator on the UC/UC Health protocol.

ballotThe Academy of Medicine's Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for physician members interested in serving on the Academy Council.
To be nominated, a physician must be an Active Academy member in good standing.
Serving as a Councilor is an excellent way to get more involved in your local medical community. Council meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from September through June.
Academy Immediate Past President Carol Egner, MD, is chairing this year's Nominating Committee. If you are interested in being nominated for a Councilor position or have questions regarding a Councilor's duties, please contact Executive Director Natalie Peterson by April 30. You may also consult the Academy's Bylaws for additional information.

virus smlrCheck the following sources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 Home Page
CDC Page for Health Professionals
American Medical Association COVID-19 Resource Center
Ohio State Medical Association Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Resources for Local Health Districts and Providers
Hamilton County Health Department Coronavirus Information
Cincinnati Health Department COVID-19