COVID-19 Resources for Medical Providers

The Maine Osteopathic Association continues to monitor the ongoing spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and will update the resources and information below to the best of our ability, sending important updates to members individually. 

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Keep Up to Date! Call-In Information for Important Recurring Calls for Medical Providers:

Maine CDC Update for Clinicians-- NOW Bi-Weekly on Thursdays at 12:30pm: Zoom meeting facilitated by Dr. Stephen Sears, MD.

Topic: MCDC Coronavirus Update for Clinicians

Time: 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Please contact Peggie Lawrence at Maine CDC to be "subscribed" to call updates as the info below may change: Peggie.D.Lawrence@maine.gov.
 

QUICK LINKS

Gov. Mills COVID-19 Response Page

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces in the Context of COVID-19
[From WHO 05/16/20] https://www.who.int/publications-detail/cleaning-and-disinfection-of-environmental-surfaces-inthe-context-of-covid-19

Clinical Trial Lookup: https://clinicaltrials.gov/
 

Maine CDC

If you have not done so, please sign up for the Maine CDC Health Alert Network HERE

Maine's Emergency Response System Now Activated for Public Questions on COVID-19: Dial 211, or text your zip code to 898-211

If you are a Maine health care professional and have questions about COVID‑19, call: 1-800-821-5821 for quick clinical Q/A

Maine DHHS COVID-19 Resources Page

AOA COVID-19 Resources

FREE AOA OMM for COVID-19 Patients Webinar:https://aoaonlinelearning.osteopathic.org/course/info.php?id=310​

Check the Status of AOA Meetings, Conferences and certification exams 

CMS Updates

COVID-19: Payment for Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

Telephone Evaluation and Management Visits

National Coverage Determination (NCD 30.3.3): Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain (cLBP) (PDF) is available. Learn about coverage of cLBP effective for claims with dates of service on and after January 21.

Events/Calls Coming Up:

MaineCare Updates

MaineCare’s COVID-19 webpage has been updated with new and updated guidance for MaineCare providers. 

  • Updated Telehealth Guidance We have updated our telehealth guidance and associated billing information. The guidance now includes information regarding well-child/EPSDT visits, security considerations, prescribing, frequently asked questions, and more. 

  • Northeast Telehealth Resource Center ( NETRC )  The NETRC is available to answer telehealth questions via email ( netrc@mcdph.org ) or by phone (800-379-2021). 

MOA Resources

Guidelines for OMM Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic from Stephanie Collins, DO

MOA PPE Guide
The MOA has heard that sourcing the PPE needed for safety in your medical practices has been difficult. Click here for a list of suppliers that have been recommended to us. If you are interested in collaborating with other physicians on group ordering, please contact Amanda Richards, MOA Executive Director at arichards@mainedo.org.


Practice Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Treatment: Phase 1

AOA COVID -1 Practice Implications (May 7, 2020)

Sourcing PPE
The MOA has heard that sourcing the PPE needed for safety in your medical practices has been difficult. Click here for a list of suppliers that have been recommended to us. If you are interested in collaborating with other physicians on group ordering, please contact Amanda Richards, MOA Executive Director at arichards@mainedo.org.

MAME PPE Source List

On March 23, 2020, Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAME) and the Maine Manufacturers Extension Partnership (Maine MEP), sent out a plea for help with the manufacture and distribution of medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Maine health care network. The response has been overwhelming, and we cannot thank you enough. We are sharing a list of the companies who we know have begun production of face shields and aerosol boxes. This is likely not a full list. If you know of others who are producing these items please let us know (info@mainemfg.com) so that we can add them to the list.

https://www.mainemfg.com/covid19-mfg-resource-center

Other Practice Resources

Our colleagues in Michigan have shared several resources to help physicians navigate the logistics of re-opening or scaling up during COVID-19. We are sharing them below for our members, with permission and thanks to the "other" MOA!


Testing & Reporting

Testing-- Click Here for latest Guidance from Maine CDC.

Temporary Updates to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions List – SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19 Deaths

Background: Reporting of notifiable diseases and conditions is required under 22 M.R.S., Chapter 250, §802 and §822. Failure to report could result in preventable morbidity or mortality. Maine CDC is authorized to advise through publicly noticed Health Alerts the public health need for the temporary reporting of any disease or condition in the state of Maine in order to study and control any apparent outbreak or unusual
occurrence of communicable diseases.


• COVID-19-associated deaths should be reported directly to Maine CDC within 24 hours of the death.
o A COVID-19-associated death is defined as a death resulting from an illness that is clinically
compatible with COVID-19 that is confirmed by an appropriate laboratory test. There should be 
no period of complete recovery between the illness and death. It is not necessary that COVID- 19 be the primary cause of death.

o COVID-19-associated deaths can be reported by phone to 1-800-821-5821 or by fax to 1-800-
293-7534
o Reports should include the patient’s name, date of birth, and date of death

 These changes will remain in effect for a period of one year but may be reassessed at any time.

For more information:
• Maine CDC COVID-19 website: www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

• Maine CDC notifiable conditions rule: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-
disease/epi/disease-reporting/documents/notifiable-conditions.doc


Financial Relief

 

Pandemic Provider Relief Fund Deadline Extended 

HHS extended the deadline for eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations to submit information and apply for funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund from July 20 until August 3, 2020. HHS is distributing approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians who have not previously received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund. The payment amount will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. HHS has created a fact sheet explaining the application process and answering frequently asked questions. 

Provider Relief Funds Are Taxable 

The Internal Revenue Service clarified on July 6 that for-profit healthcare providers must pay taxes on any grant payments received from the Provider Relief Fund. The CARES Act established both the Provider Relief Fund and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and specifically addressed the taxability of the PPP by stating any PPP loan payments that are forgiven are not counted as taxable income. However, the Act did not address the tax treatment of the Provider Relief Fund.

Emergency Funding Needs

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has compiled resources for COVID-19-related emergency funding needs. These include:

  • Candid: A list of funds that can be filtered by geographic area

  • GrantSpace: list of resources to help with COVID-19 hardships

  • Instrumentl: A project management tool for grants View available grants                      

If you need assistance to determine if a grant is right for you or if you have questions about grant requirements, please contact AOF Director of Development Terry Sanders via email at TLSanders@aof.org or phone at (312) 202-8230.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released information about financial relief for small businesses, including private practices. For SBA Coronavirus Relief Options, click here.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan FAQs

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet

For additional guidance related to unemployment benefits and COVID-19, visit www.maine.gov/labor/covid-19 provided by the Maine Bureau of Unemployment.


Credentialing/Licensing

Many states have eased licensing requirements to allow more physicians to help meet the growing healthcare needs of the pandemic, including Maine (see below information regarding Gov. Mills' Executive order affecting physician licensing) Contact the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure for more details.
Website: https://www.maine.gov/osteo/ Phone: (207) 287-2480 Email: osteo.pfr@maine.gov

 

The DO Board also has an emergency COVID-19 locum tenens license – issued for 90 days for now. Click Here for more info. Please tell your colleagues that may be interested!

 Other Important Licensing Note: Gov. Mills Executive Order Keeps DO/MD Licenses from expiring or needing to be renewed for 30 days after the declaration of the emergency (including CME requirements): It Also:

  • Allows the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified retired physicians and physician assistants to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency;
  • Allows the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified physicians and physician assistants licensed in other jurisdictions to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency;
  • Suspends the requirement of supervision or collaboration for nurses and physician assistants for the duration of the emergency;
  • Maximizes the use of telemedicine and telehealth and eliminates the need for some in-person patient visits for the duration of the emergency by: Allowing voice-only technology to be used; and Suspending any laws or rules related to state medical record privacy and HIPAA that would interfere with the use of telemedicine and telehealth technology.

AOA Announces One-Year Extension of Board Eligibility -- April 9, 2020


Health & Wellness Resources

FrontLine WarmLine

Maine FrontLine WarmLine is a call-in system to help Maine health care workers and first responders manage the stress of serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or 866-367-4440. Text capability will be added soon.

 

Fitness Apps with free trial periods: 

Amanda Recommends-- "Unlocking Us" Podcast Channel by Brene Brown

Other Opportunities

Ten Percent Happier Meditation App: Free Access for Teachers, Healthcare, Grocery, and Food Delivery Workers
We want to deeply thank and recognize essential workers all over the world who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a teacher, healthcare, grocery, or food delivery worker and are not currently subscribed to Ten Percent Happier, we would like to support you by offering free access to the app.Visit https://www.tenpercent.com/care for more information.

Headspace is Offering all US Healthcare Professionals Who Work in Public Health Settings Free Access Through 2020. Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate. We’re offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020. You’re here for them, we’re here for you. What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time. If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. Or, if you are a nurse and you don’t have an NPI, you can provide your organization information to verify your credentials.


 

Get Help for you and your family from UNE Students-- Have you heard about Maine COVID Sitters?:

Maine COVID Sitters are volunteering to provide childcare, pet services, and household support to those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A little bit about how our program works: we are a group of health care professional students (DO, MD, PA, dentistry, pharmacy, etc) in and around Portland, Maine, modeled after the MN CovidSitters. Using this intake form you can identify your needs, may they be child care, pet walking, grocery or pharmacy runs. You will then be connected with a  “pod” of 1-5 students who will provide support solely to your family. This is done to distribute the responsibilities evenly among students who still have academic requirements, and promote social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines. You will then be able to coordinate with your pod to get the services that you require. Please know that we are students and not certified childcare providers, nor are these services affiliated with our respective institutions. 

We encourage you to share this information widely, so we will be able to reach any and all health care workers that need a helping hand.  We are attaching a document of frequently asked questions to address any concerns you may have. If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can contact us at maineCOVIDsitters@gmail.com


Ways to Volunteer for Retired DOs and other Healthcare Workers:

New York Governor Cuomo Urgently Seeks Qualified Health Professionals https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Medical Professionals-- Register for Maine Responds to Assist on the Front lines:
Maine Medical Reserve Corp
Maine Responds-- Emergency Health Volunteer System

Governor Mills Launches New Online Resource Outlining Ways Mainers Can Help Mainers During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 27, 2020
In response to the extraordinary generosity of Maine people, businesses, and organizations looking to help during these challenging times, Governor Janet Mills today launched a new online resource, coronavirus.maine.gov/mainehelps, to outline ways in which Maine people can support efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 


Tell Your Story:

MOA Open Response Form- Tell us how COVID-19 is impacting you, your practice and your patients.

The AOA is also collecting stories from DOs to advocate nationally and provide the support you need.

And Don't forget... your MOA is always here for YOU!

Please give us a call if you have questions or need help finding resources.

207-623-1101

Amanda Richards, Executive Director
arichards@mainedo.org

Claire Berger, Office Manager & Membership Coordinator
cberger@mainedo.org