Optometric Resources for COVID-19SDOS provides these resources to help optometrist navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW: AOA COVID-19 Federal Laws and Financial Options for Optometrists
American Optometric Association COVID-19 information & resources: https://www.aoa.org/coronavirus
State of South Dakota information
- Guidance for optometry practices re: CDC announcement
- CDC recommendations for protective equipment, disinfecting practices
- Healthcare professional preparedness checklist
- COVID-19 assessment flowchart
- Webinars on telehealth billing
SD Dept of Health Coronavirus Disease webpage: https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx
SD Dept of Health healthcare provider information: https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#SDGuidance
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information for health care professionals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html
OSHA guidance on COVID-19 hazards, standards, prevention: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
- Guidance on supply & resources for protective equipment
- Clinical presentation of COVID-19
American Academy of Ophthalmology guidance for OMDs: https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context
Small Business Administration guidance & loan resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
CMS Coronavirus resources: https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page
South Dakota Department of Labor resources:Reemployment eligibility Q and A https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/publications/ra_covid_19_eligibility_determinations.pdf
- Recommendation on non-essential medical procedures
- Guidance to providers
- Protective mask guidance for healthcare workers
- Billing & coding guidance
- Insurance coverage guidance
To know before you file a claim https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/individuals/file_claim.aspx
Telehealth Telehealth policies have been evolving around the COVID-19 developments. Attached is a summary by the Center for Connected Health Policy of what is covered by various public and private payers. This document will be changing on a regular basis, so check their website here.
Federal legislation Congress and the Trump administration are working on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that contains these provisions:
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- Guarantees 10 paid sick days (80 hours) to full-time workers, prorated for part-time workers.
- Temporarily extents the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide paid leave to employees working for a business with fewer than 500 employees.
- Permits employers to claim a quarterly tax credit against payroll taxes for payments for sick days and family and medical leave up to an amount that does not exceed the business' total payroll taxes paid in that quarter.
Ask your Accountant: your accountant may be able to help you weather a restricted practice environment and answer questions about federal relief available.
Business Insurance contact your agent to see if your business policy has additional coverage for communicable disease.
Debt Payment & Deferments
Credit Cards https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-should-i-do-if-i-cant-pay-my-credit-card-bills-en-1697/
Student Loan Deferments https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/lower-payments/get-temporary-relief
Share Information/Ask Questions of your Colleagues www.sdeyes.org sign onto the membership page and scroll down to “message boards.”
Section 135 Medicaid Waiver : https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/federal-disaster-resources/?entry=54047Telehealth Information for ODs
The current COVID-19 public health emergency dictates that many Americans remain at home unless in need of urgent or emergent care to reduce community spread of this pandemic, and as such, health care providers are using telehealth as a continuance of care. The AOA successfully advocated
to ensure doctors of optometry are fully recognized as physicians and qualified providers in federal actions to temporarily expand telehealth care to Medicare beneficiaries.
As frontline providers of care, doctors of optometry need to understand the current regulatory framework; potential state limitations; billing and coding responsibilities; as well as any malpractice considerations in order to facilitate telehealth care, and AOA offers comprehensive guidance to help doctors make this transition
. This guidance includes:
- Preparing for telehealth care
- Malpractice considerations
- State law impacts
- Medicare changes
- Billing and coding considerations
- Medicare telehealth visit coverage summary during COVID-19
- Commercial payer coverage
- HIPAA-related concerns
- Telehealth platform principles
- Practice implementation considerations