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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

The Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association will continue to update you on resources available to help you and your practice during the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

MESSAGE FROM CPMA

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 has created a challenging and stressful health crisis that is impacting our families, patients, businesses, and the global community. Now, more than ever, is the time to respond with diligence and care. In this rapidly evolving environment, here's what we know today:
 
  • You can still see patients on a reduced schedule following CDC guidelines. Those who are treating patients in their office are generally seeing post-operative patients and those with emergency foot and ankle care needs.
  •  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a Disaster Loan Assistance Program. We have found that the website has been difficult to access.
  • The state has announced a Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program offering qualifying organizations with 100 or fewer employees access to no-interest loans. They are accepting online applications.
  • At this time, we do not have a time frame for a return to "business as usual".
 
In addition, I urge you to pay close attention to all communication you are receiving. For example, those who have CMIC as your medical malpractice carrier can get a premium rebate as well as a 90-day delay for your next payment date. If you do not have CMIC, be proactive in contacting your carrier to learn how they are providing support.
 
We have experts currently looking at the most recent stimulus package out of Washington. Once we fully understand how this will benefit the private medical office community, we will disseminate the information immediately.
 
APMA has a well-organized resource center featuring the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis. Visit cpma.org to see all of the resources we've shared over the last several weeks.
 
CPMA’s executive board is talking frequently and will continue to update membership.
Please reach out if you have any specific concerns not covered in the information we have provided so far.
 
Stay positive, healthy, and committed. We will get through this together,
 
Marc A. Lederman, DPM
CPMA Executive Director

Payment Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal program to provide forgivable loans. Banks will begin accepting applications on Friday, April 3rd. The program has a total funding level of $349 billion and is administered by the US Department of Treasury. Small businesses will submit applications to select banks. For more information you can click here.

Application Information:

  • Participating banks will accept and process applications.
  • Here is a link to the application.

Loan amounts are provided to businesses based on each company's payroll level. For instance, the typical loan amount will be 2.5 times average monthly payroll. During the COVID-19 period, when a company retains employees or rehires them, the principal and interest on loans provided by the program will be forgiven.

Office Hours

Podiatry offices in Connecticut may continue to be open, but the CDC recommends medical offices to discontinue elective procedures (surgical and office-based) and delay all elective ambulatory provider visits.

Health-care facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. As an example, some offices are seeing patients every 30 minutes and not double booking to minimize patient to patient and patient to staff contact.  You may want to notify your patient-base that you are available for emergency visits that can include fractures, sprains, infections, etc. to keep these patients away from hospitals and walk-in facilities.

Telemedicine

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced major changes to services that podiatrists can furnish remotely allowing podiatrists to submit CPT 99201-99215 when these services are provided remotely. For details click here.

Face Time and Skype may be used for telemedical purposes. HIPPA rules will not apply to telemedicine within reason during this crisis.

Office E&M Coding without modifiers may be used.

For more information on the guidelines for telemedicine, please see comments shared by Dr. David Freedman, APMA Coding Committee, here

Be sure to check your private insurance carriers for their updates on the use of telemedicine for your practice. Individual carriers may vary in their rules and regulations.

Resources

APMA

APMA is frequently updating their Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information. Their FAQs are helpful and updated based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental sources. Learn more.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Get your practice ready. Learn more.

Information for Healthcare Professionals. Learn more.

The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Fall 2019. The specific laws regarding Connecticut can be found on pages 71-77. Learn more.

 

 

 

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