COVID19

Coronavirus COVID-19 The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) realizes that our community is involved in direct patient care and the impact of the COVID-19 on the profession is of the utmost concern.

We will be posting updates every Wednesday regarding POMA events and other news pertaining to the COVID-19.


COVID-19 Resources 4-1-2020

Dear Colleagues,

POMA continues to monitor the rapidly changing information surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As we have seen this week, the numbers in Pennsylvania continue to climb each day.

In an effort to provide accurate and helpful information to POMA members, we have gathered some of the resources we are finding to be most useful and accurate at this time. We hope this helps you in staying on top of the latest developments in the spread of the disease and in helping your patients.

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COVID-19: PA Dept of Health Guidance for PPE and ASFs

March 27, 2020

PPE Material Distribution

During yesterday's press conference, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine discussed the supply distribution to the healthcare system, including hospitals, health systems, health care professionals, counties and emergency responders. The supplies include 678,630 N95 masks; 207,600 procedure masks; 380,000 gloves; 36,870 personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns; and over 44,000 goggles and face protection. Supplies are acquired through the federal stockpile, but the department is working to purchase whatever is available to ensure sufficient protection and resources for medical personnel. All providers should be working with their Regional Health Care Coalition to submit requests for PPE. Please scroll to the bottom for the contact information of each region's Public Health Preparedness Coordinator.

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COVID-19 Update from POMA

March 25, 2020

Colleagues -

POMA continues to monitor the rapidly changing information surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As we have seen this week, the numbers in Pennsylvania continue to rise each day. In an effort to provide accurate and helpful information to POMA members, please continue reading.

PPE Material Distribution
During today's press conference, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine outlined the Administration’s work to stockpile PPE by purchasing from manufacturers and obtaining them from the federal government.  Further she outlined she would be working with the counties, hospitals and facilities, and EMS at the local level to distribute these materials. All providers should be working with their Regional Health Care Coalition to submit requests for PPE. Please scroll to the bottom for the contact information of each region's Public Health Preparedness Coordinator.

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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Resources

Dear Colleagues,

POMA continues to monitor the rapidly changing information surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As we have seen this week, the numbers in Pennsylvania continue to climb each day.

In an effort to provide accurate and helpful information to POMA members, we have gathered some of the resources we are finding to be most useful and accurate at this time. We hope this helps you in staying on top of the latest developments in the spread of the disease and in helping your patients.

Read more...
 

COVID-19 Update from POMA

March 18, 2020

Colleagues -

We continue to see rising numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Yesterday, I participated in a conference call with Senator Toomey and other healthcare entities from Pennsylvania to share what we are seeing on the ground. I was able to share concerns about PPE availability and delayed testing turn-around times. In response, LabCorp and Quest will be ramping up testing from 2,000-3,000 tests per day to 10,000 tests per day. It is anticipated that additional national testing sites will open by this weekend (currently all testing is done in NC and CA).

On your behalf, I asked Senator Toomey about payment for telehealth visits with our own patients. CMS announced yesterday afternoon they will pay for telehealth visits for Medicare patients. It can be billed like a face-to-face E/M visit and the place of service (POS) should be documented as 02 - telehealth. Click here for specific guidance for Medicare beneficiaries. For Medicaid patients, you can have telehealth visits but they are included in your negotiated monthly rate. Specific guidance for Pennsylvania's Medicaid program can be found here and hereAs for private insurance - your patients will need to go through the participating vendor designated for that specific payor.

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