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COVID-19 Practice Reopening Toolkit Available

05/15/2020

The Reopening Guide is a reprint of guidance published by the American Medical Association titled “COVID-19: A Physician Practice Guide to Reopening” and the Montgomery County Medical Society. Oklahoma County Medical Society has added, under each section, supplementary resources to provide additional support for implementation or to elucidate matters relevant to medical practices at the state and local level. All rights to this publication are reserved by the American Medical Association and the Montgomery County Medical Society.

Additional sections on financial preparedness and staffing considerations have been added as a supplement at the end of this document. It is drawn primarily from the California Medical Association’s “COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening,” with some additions. 

Please also note, that the information and guidance provided in this document is believed to be current and accurate at the time of posting. This information is not intended to be, and should not be construed to be or relied upon as, legal, financial, medical or consulting advice. Consider consulting with an attorney and/or other advisor to obtain guidance relating to your specific situation. 

Confidential, free counseling available from OCMS

05/06/2020

The Physician Wellness Program provides free, confidential counseling to members, resident members and students. No medical diagnosis, no insurance billing, no electronic record, no employer notification. Private and available via telehealth with an experienced psychologist. Click here to contact the psychologist. 

Free Virtual CME Available from OSMA

05/06/2020

Maintaining Mental Wellness During the COVID-19 Crisis will be available via live stream on May 8th at 1:00pm CDT. This program is being offered FREE to all Oklahoma physicians through a partnership with the Oklahoma State Medical Association, the Oklahoma Medical Board, and PLICO. You can view the program on this page or on the OSMA YouTube channel. If you wish to obtain CME credit after viewing the program, please use this link. You must complete the evaluation in our CME Credit Portal to obtain your certificate.

$30 billion Disbursements

04/16/2020

Since last Friday when HHS announced it would begin disbursing the first $30 million of the emergency fund created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to physicians and other providers via direct payment, the AMA has received several questions about how to verify eligibility for payment and who to contact when a physician believes they are eligible but did not receive a payment. HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the stimulus payments, and physicians should contact UHG’s Provider Relations at 866-569-3522 about eligibility, whether a payment has been issued, and where it was sent. Note, if a physician or practice did not already set up direct deposit through CMS or UHG’s Optum Pay, they will receive a check at a later date. Practices that would like to set up direct deposit now can call the UHG Provider Relations number.

In addition, HHS has opened the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal. Physicians who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 30 days of payment. The terms and conditions are listed here.