COVID-19

AAOS’s Information

CMS’s Toolkit

Texas EMS Alliance – How Are EMS Agencies Preparing?

Texas Hospital Association – How Are Texas Hospitals Responding?

Texas Medical Association – Toolkit

Click here to view AAOS’s guidelines for elective surgery (04.09.20).


TOA Asks Entities to Help Practices and Patients
Click here to view TOA’s request for commercial health plans and other entities.


Financial Relief Packages
Click here for a complete summary from McDermott+Consulting (5.06.20).

Sequestration, Medicare’s 2% payment reduction, has been suspended from May 1 to December 31, 2020.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS Announces Quality Reporting Relief

Provider Enrollment Relief

Click here to view CMS’s regulatory relief for physician-owned hospitals and ASCs (03.30.20).

Click here to view CMS’s guidance for infection control and prevention in outpatient settings.

Click here to learn more about CMS’s accelerated payment program. Click here to view more from McDermott+Consulting (04.07.20).

Click here to view AAHKS’s requests related to CJR and BPCI-A.

Click here for the announcement related to the Stark laws (04.03.02).

Click here to learn more about the fee for service payments and mandatory attestation. Click here to view a summary from ASCA. Click here for the attestation portal (04.17.20).

Accelerated payments vs. CARES Act Grants: What’s the difference? Click here.

CMS halts the accelerated payments (04.27.20). Click here.


Texas Medical Board
Click here to view the TMB’s guidance.

Click here to learn more about the TMB’s rules related to PA/APRN prescriptive authority.

Click here to view updated telemedicine and chronic pain guidance from the TMB.


Surgeries in Texas
Click here to view the Texas Medical Board’s new rule and FAQ (04.21.20).

Click here to read the new executive order (effective on 04.22.20).

Click here to read CMS’s latest guidance (04.19.20).

Click here to view Texas HHSCs guidance for facilities (04.22.20):
HHSC – qa-20-0002


U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency 
Click here to read the DEA’s telemedicine guidance & other COVID-19 information.

Click here to read the DEA’s decision tree (04.05.20):
(DEA-DC-023)(DEA075)Decision_Tree_(Final)_33120_2007


CDC’s Symptom Self-Checker
Click here to view it.


FDA’s Daily Update
Click here to view it.


Surgery Summaries
McDermott+Consulting created a summary of public policy measures and recommendations related to elective surgeries. Click here to view it.

Click here to view Governor Abbott’s executive order related to elective surgeries in Texas.

Click here to view the American College of Surgeons’ elective case triage for orthopaedics.

Click here to view the Texas Medical Boards guidance.


Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Click here to view the state’s updated regulations.

Click here to view more about the federal regulations from ASCA.

Click here to learn more about the state of Texas’ regulations.

Click here to view ASCA’s webinar.

Click here to view CMS’s 04.03.20 guidance for ASCs that are temporarily classifying as hospitals.

ASCA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration on April 1, 2020, to ensure that ASCs with equity investors business partners are eligible for Payment Protection Program loans.


Texas Worker’s Compensation
Click here to view TDI-DWC’s resource page.

Click here to view TDI-DWC’s telemedicine statement (04.02.20).


Telemedicine
Click here to learn more from McDermott+Consulting.

Click here to learn more about Modernizing Medicine’s April 3 webinar.

Click here to view BCBS of Texas’ telemedicine policy for commercial health plans.

Click here to view the Force Therapeutics example.