Updated December 16, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local health departments, and Academy continue to monitor an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
ADDITIONAL MEMBER RESOURCES
- The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern (Jan. 30)
- WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19 (Feb. 11)
- WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic (March 11). Johns Hopkins - COVID-19 Map
Coronavirus in the U.S.
- President Trump declared a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak (March 13)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (signed into law March 18)
Coronavirus in Michigan
- COVID-19 Vaccine
- Online COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
Testing criteria has been expanded in Michigan to include all individuals with mild symptoms.
- Michigan Volunteer Website: Michigan.gov/FightCOVID19
In addition to medical volunteers, public health volunteers, community volunteers, donations, and blood donations are needed.
- Non-essential Care Authorized to Resume in Michigan as of May 29
RESOURCES FOR FAMILY PHYSICIANS
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COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance: Healthcare (Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity)
Guidance for Returning to Practice (MDHHS; June 1)
Safe Start for Health Care FAQs (LARA; May 21)
Checklist for Resuming In-person Visits (AAFP; May 4)
Considerations on Re-opening Your Practice (AAFP; April 29)
Phase I: Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare (CMS; April 19)
If states or regions have passed the Gating Criteria (symptoms, cases, and hospitals) announced on April 16, then they may proceed to Phase I of the three-phased approach to re-opening healthcare facilities for non-emergent, non-COVID-19 healthcare.
Tracking Symptoms & Contact Tracing
- MI Symptoms Web Application
- Contract Tracing (MDHHS)
- Contact Tracing Family Medicine Guidance (AAFP)
- Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (CDC; March 25)
- Physician Office Preparedness Checklist (AAFP)
Universal early preparation, COVID-19 education, office preparedness, triage and patient flow systems, referral or transfer of patients, waste disposal, required equipment/supplies.
- Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for COVID-19 (CDC; updated March 20)
Be prepared, communicate with staff and patients, protect your workforce, protect patients.
- ECRI Institute Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center
Collecting, Testing, Reporting Specimens
- Consumer Alert: Diagnostic COVID-19 Test Costs Covered by Insurance Plans (MDHHS)
- Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing (CDC; May 23)
- COVID-19 Testing Guide for Physicians (AAFP)
- Michigan Expands COVID-19 Testing Prioritization Criteria Effective April 21 (MDHHS; April 21)
All healthcare workers and first responders, even if they do not have symptoms, are now included in the Priority Three group for testing in Michigan. A Priority Four group has been added that includes critical infrastructure workers, whether they have symptoms or not.
- Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling & Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19 (CDC; updated Apr. 8)
Healthcare professionals are instructed to contact their state / local health department immediately to notify them of patients with fever and lower respiratory illness who they may suspect may have COVID-19.
- Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Association with COVID-19 (CDC; updated March 31)
- Michigan Interim Novel COVID-19 Person Under Investigation (PUI)/Case Report Form (MDHHS; March 29)
- COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorizations for Medical Devices (FDA; March 27)
- Michigan PUI Revised Process (MDHHS; March 25)
At this time, Priority Groups One and Two in the PHS Guidance are eligible for testing by healthcare professionals in Michigan.
- Bureau of Laboratories Policy for Providing COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Results (MDHHS; March 25)
- Criteria to Guide Evaluation & Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 (CDC; updated March 24)
- Emergency Order: COVID-19 Testing & Resource Reporting in Michigan (MDHHS; March 23)
- Guidance for Collecting and Testing COVID-19 Specimens in Michigan (MDHHS; March 18)
Memo to healthcare professionals in Michigan from MDHHS’ Chief Medical Education and Chief Deputy for Health, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.
- Family Physician FAQs: COVID-19 or the Flu? (AAFP)
- Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During COVID-19 (CDC; May 12)
- Guidance on Executive Order 2020-17 (MDHHS; May 3)
- MDHHS Guidance on Temporary Restrictions on Non-essential Medical & Dental Procedures (MDHHS; May 3)
Explains what is allowable under Executive Order 2020-17 and provides guidelines and principles to be considered as clinicians and hospitals plan reengagement of patients in need of medical services.
- Investigational Therapeutics for Patients with COVID-19 (CDC; April 25)
- Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19 (NIH; April 21)
- Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (CDC; April 15)
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (CDC; updated April 13)
- AAFP Caution Against Prescribing Medications Outside of Indicated Use (AAFP; April 7)
- Guidance for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings: Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 (CDC; April 7)
- Non-emergent, Elective Medical Services & Treatment Recommendations (CMS; April 7)
- COVID-19 Symptom Medications (CAPC)
- Medicaid Pharmacy Flexibilities: Early Refills and Mailing Medications (MDHHS; March 26)
- Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC; March 24)
- Reminder of Appropriate Prescribing and Dispensing (LARA; March 27)
- Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients (CDC; updated March 21)
There are no FDA-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Drugs approved for other indications as well as several investigational drugs are being studied in several hundred clinical trials that are underway across the globe. This document provides information on two of the approved drugs (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine) and one of the investigational agents (remdesivir) currently in use in the U.S.
- Patient Triage, Scheduling, and Rooming: Three Ways to Adapt Your Workflows for COVID-19 (AAFP; March 20)
- Healthcare Infection Control Guidance (CDC; March 19)
- FDA Guidance on Use of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for COVID-19 (FDA; March 19)
- Adult Elective Surgeries & Procedures Recommendations (CMS; March 15)
Limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice.
- Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 (CDC; updated March 7)
- Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure Guidance (CDC; March 7)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Guidance and Education Resources (MDHHS; Oct. 29)
- National Strategy for Distriuting COVID-19 Vaccine (HHS; Sept. 16)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook (HHS; Sept. 16)
- Rural Health Care & Medicaid Telehealth Flexibility (CMS; April 2)
- American Society of Addiction Medicine COVID-19 Resources (ASAM)
Resource areas include access to buprenorphine, adjusting drug testing protocols, telehealth access for addiction treatment, and more.
- Provision of Methadone & Buprenorphine for Treatment of OUD in COVID-19 Emergency FAQs (SAMHSA; March 19)
- Guidance for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers During COVID-19 (MDHHS; March 17)
- Michigan Crisis Text Line
Text RESTORE to 741741 to chat with a counselor via text.
- Peer-run Warmline (MDHHS)
1.888.PEER.753 (888.733.7753) operates 7 days a week, 10 am-2 am ET. It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Call 211 or click above for local help from the nearest Community Mental Health Services program.
- Headspace Web Service (MDHHS)
Guidance for meditation, sleep, and movement exercises for managing feelings of COVID-19 stress and anxiety. Free to all Michiganders (normally a paid service).
- Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA)
800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Available 24/7 for individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800.273.8255. Available 24/7 for individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide.
- National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline
Access 24/7 video relay services. Call 1.800.273.8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889) or click above.
Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit (CMS; May 13)
- FAQs About COVID-19 and Palliative Care (CAPC)
- Palliative Care COVID-19 Response Resources Toolkit (CAPC)
- Immunization Resources for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic (MDHHS)
- Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC)
- Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC)
- Vaccines During COVID-19 (MDHHS)
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19 (CDC; May 15)
Physicians who have cared for or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local or state health department.
- DEA: Hospital & Clinic Registration Exceptions (DEA; April 10)
Outlines two temporary allowances that are in effect beginning April 10: handling controlled substances by satellite hospitals/clinics at non-registered locations and delivery of controlled substances directly to satellite hospitals/clinics at non-registered locations.
- DEA Guidance: Oral Schedule II Controlled Substance Prescriptions (DEA; March 27)
- Flexibility in Prescribing & Dispensing Controlled Substances: Telemedicine (DEA; March 31)
Personal Protective Equipment
Potential Sources of Donated PPE
- MAFP's PPE Needs Assessment of Family Physicians
- Decontamination Device Allows for Reuse of N95 Respirators
- Amazon Business
Individual physicians given priority access for ordering COVID-19 supplies, including personal protective equipment.
- Get Us PPE
- Medical Supply Drive
- MIOSHA Launches Program to Ensure Hospital Workers Have Appropriate PPE (MDHHS; July 2)
- Michigan Statewide Available PPE & Bed Tracking (MDHHS)
Self-reported by hospitals; information is updated daily by 7 pm.
- PPE Burn Rate Calculator (CDC)
- Prioritization Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (MDHHS; April 3)
- Optimizing Personal Protective Equipment During Crisis Capacity (MDHHS; April 1)
- COVID-19 Donning & Doffing PPE Guidelines (CDC; March 30)
- Gov. Whitmer Calls for Donations of Essential Medical Supplies, PPE (MDHHS; March 24)
Donations of essential items are asked to be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission.
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE (CDC; March 17)
Addresses eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators.
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies (CDC; March 17)
- Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (CDC; March 12)
MDHHS COVID-19 Practice Management Guide (April 1)
Please note this is a guide and does not supersede laws with the State of Michigan or individual clinical judgment.
CMS Clinician Letter (CMS; April 7)
Summary of actions CMS has taken to expand telehealth and virtual visits, offer accelerated and advanced payments, and approve waivers.
Coding & Billing
- Reimbursement for Counseling Patients to Self-isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing (CMS; July 30)
- COVID-19: Coding Scenarios (AAFP)
Informational, not advisory, coding tables for in-person, telehealth, virtual/digital, and audio-only visits.
- Increased Payment Rate & RVUs for Telephone E/M Services (CMS; April 30)
Retroactive to March 1, Medicare payment for telephone evaluation and management visits (CPT codes 99441-99443) is equivalent to the Medicare payment for office/outpatient visits with established patients.
- Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Emergency (AMA; April 3)
- Updated ICD-10-CM Coding Guidance; Update to COVID-19 Testing Coverage; Exemption of Co-pays to Treat COVID-19 (MDHHS; April 1)
- CMS Expands the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Medicare Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency | Fact Sheet & How to Submit a Request (CMS March 28)
- COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs (CMS; March 26)
- Medicare Telehealth Coding Quick Guide (AAFP; March 26)
- Parking Lot Visits: Process, Billing & Payment (AAFP; March 25)
In an effort to minimize patient and staff exposure to infectious pathogens, many offices are redefining the waiting, triage, and exam rooms. Some clinics are conducting parts or the entirety of the patient encounter in the parking lot—either in a tent or in the patient's car.
- A Virtual Visit Algorithm: How to Differentiate and Code Telehealth Visits, e-Visits, and Virtual Check-ins (AAFP; March 23)
- New ICD-10-CM Code for COVID-19, April 1, 2020 (CDC; March 18)
- Medicaid COVID-19 Covered Services & Coding (MDHHS; March 17)
- COVID-19 Coding (AAFP; March 5)
- COVID-19 Coding & Guidance (AMA)
Telehealth Guidance & Policies
- A Toolkit for Building and Growing a Sustainable Telehealth Program in Your Practice (AAFP; September 2020)
- Gov. Whitmer Signs Telemedicine Bills into Law (June 24)
Public Acts 97-101 of 2020 codify significant pieces of Executive Order 2020-86 to permanently expand access to telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Among the provisions is coverage of remote patient monitoring through the Healthy Michigan Plan and medical assistance program go into effect Oct. 1, 2020. The originating site may be a home, school, or other site established and considered appropriate by the clinician.
- FQHCs & RHCs: New Medicare Payment for Telehealth Services (CMS; April 17)
CARES Act authorizes FQHCs and RHCs to provide and be paid for distant site telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 emergency. Any healthcare professional working for the FQHC or RHC within his/her scope of practice can provide distant site telehealth services form any location.
- COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Policies (CCHP)
- Covered Telehealth Services for COVID-19 Pandemic Effective March 1 | Clinicians Fact Sheet (CMS; March 30)
CMS dramatically expanded telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries, relaxing regulations on more than 80 services and backdating changes to March 1. Read more from AAFP.
- Medicare Covering Phone Visits with Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Response (CMS; March 30)
- Medicaid Programs Face-to-Face Requirement (MDHHS; March 18)
MSA 20-12 applies to Medicaid, Children special Health Care Services, Flint Waiver, Healthy Michigan Plan
- General Telehealth & Telemedicine Toolkit (CMS; March 20)
Telemedicine general policy guidance, telehealth implementation guide, basics on setting up telehealth, selecting a vendor.
- Medicaid Telemedicine Expansion (MDHHS; March 20)
MSA 20-13 temporarily allows telephonic services associated with expanded telemedicine services in MSA Bulletin 20-09 (associated press release).
- Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Public Health Emergency on COVID-19 (CMS; updated March 20)
- Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet and FAQs (CMS; March 17)
- General Telemedicine Policy Changes (MDHHS; March 12)
MSA 20-09 applies to Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, Children’s Special Health Care Services, Maternity Outpatient Medical Services.
- FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and COVID-19 (CMS; March 12)
- COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies (CMS; March 12)
- Medicare Administrative Contractor COVID-19 Test Pricing (CMS; March 12)
- New Telehealth Rules & Procedure Codes for Testing (AAFP; March 10)
- HHS Telehealth Website
- Operationalizing Virtual Visits During a Public Health Pandemic (AAFP; March 30)
- Selecting Telehealth Technology for Use (AAFP)
- Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic (AAFP)
- Telehealth Resources (ACP)
- COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit (NCTRS)
- Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice (AMA; updated April 2)
- MIPS Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy & Procedures for MIPS Eligible Physicians Affected by COVID-19 (CMS; Updated April 20)
- New MIPS COVID-19 Clinical Trials Improvement Activity (CMS; April 20)
Clinicians who participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial and report their findings may receive credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
- Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals & Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs During COVID-19 Response and FAQs (CMS; March 22)
The deadline for submitting 2019 Quality Payment Program Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data has been extended from March 31 to April 30, 2020. MIPS eligible clinicians who have not submitted any MIPS data by April 30, 2020, will qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year.
HHS Relaxes HIPAA Privacy Rules During COVID-19 Emergency (HHS; April 2)
- Civil Rights, HIPAA, and COVID-19 (OCR; March 28)
- HIPAA Flexibility for Telehealth (HHS; March 17)
- FAQs on Issuer Flexibilities for Utilization Management & Prior Authorization: Individual & Small Group Plans (CMS; April 21)
- Medicare Advantage & Part D Plans: Guidance on Prior Authorization (CMS; April 21)
- Michigan Medicaid (MDHHS; March 23)
Submit service, supply, equipment prior authorization requests electronically through CHAMPS to help minimize delays in authorization.
Volunteering & Redeployment
- Retired & Inactive Physician Volunteer Considerations (AAFP; April 6)
- Ambulatory Physicians Called to Provide Care Outside Typical Practice Setting (AAFP; April 7)
- Michigan Executive Order 2020-30: Temporary Relief from Certain Restrictions & Requirements Governing the Provision of Medical Services
Clarifies that state law providing civil liability immunity to healthcare professionals or designated healthcare facilities that provide medical services at the request of a state official applies to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- Liability Protections for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19 (AMA)
- Potential Legal Liability for Withdrawing or Withholding Ventilators During COVID-19: Assessing Risks & Identifying Needed Reforms (JAMA; April 1)
- COVID-19 Malpractice Coverage FAQs (The Doctors Company)
CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Ask Congress to Support Independent Primary Care Practices
- MAFP Calls for Accelerated or Periodic Interim Payments for Medicare Physicians
- Congress Must Make Medicaid a Top Priority in Future Legislative Response (AAFP; April 22)
- Frontline Physicians Must be a Financial Priority in Next Federal Stimulus Packages (AAFP, AMA, others; April 15)
- Congress Must Take 'Bold Steps' to Steady Primary Care (AAFP; April 14)
- Academy Calls for Detailed COVID-19 Patient Data from HHS (AAFP; April 9)
- AAFP Calls on CMS to Further Extend Telehealth to Medicare Beneficiaries (AAFP; March 26)
- AAFP Calls on CMS to Make Interim Payments to Healthcare Providers (AAFP; March 26)
- AAFP Tells Insurers to Meet Demand for Telehealth Payment (AAFP; March 20)
- COVID-19: Impacts to Physician Employment (AAFP; May 11)
- CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (HHS)
- Phase 3 General Distribution: Oct. 5 - Nov. 6
- Aug. 28: Deadline for Medicaid providers struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for federal funds intended to assist them. Eligible providers must not have received payment from the $50 billion General Distribution.
- April 27: Second general disbursements available for eligible providers based on 2018 revenue. These funds will not be disbursed automatically; providers must submit required revenue information for verification and must attest to terms and conditions on this portal. | AAFP Tips for Applying
- April 10-17: First general disbursements directly deposited in accounts of eligible facilities and healthcare providers based on 2019 Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements. Physicians who receive a payment must sign an attestation within 30 days of receiving the payment confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. AAFP Summary
- COVID-19 Uninsured Program (HHS)
Healthcare professionals who have provided COVID-19 testing and/or treatment for uninsured COVID-19 individuals on or after Feb. 4, 2020, may request claims reimbursement (generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding). Attestation to terms and conditions required.
- Paycheck Protection Program (SBA)
Accepting new applications through participating lenders beginning Apr. 27. SBA Lender List | FAQs
Michigan Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (SBA)
SBA resumed accepting new applications on June 15.
- COVID-19 Telehealth Program (FCC)
Disbursing $200 million in funding through the CARES Act to support eligible healthcare professionals' telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic. FAQs
- CMS' Accelerated & Advance Payment Program: Medicare Relief Funding (CMS)
Beginning Apr. 26, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is not accepting new applications for the Advance Payment Program and is reevaluating all pending and new applications for Accelerated Payments in light of historical direct payments made available through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Provider Relief Fund. CMS Fact Sheet | AAFP FAQs | AAFP Tips for Navigating the Process
- CPC+ Accelerated & Advance Payment (CMS)
Eligible participants may request Program Year 2020 third-quarter non-claims-based payments in advance The deadline to submit a request is Apr. 28 at midnight. AAFP summary
- Coronavirus & Forbearance Info for Students & Borrowers (FSA)
Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, allowing borrowers to temporarily stop making their monthly loan payment. Suspension of payments and reducing the interest rate to 0% will last from March 13 until Sept. 30, 2020. Borrowers may continue to make payments if they choose.
- State Treasury Providing Student Loan Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic
Collection activities on delinquent Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loans, made by a financial institution and serviced by the Michigan Guaranty Agency, will be halted until Sept. 30, 2020.
- COVID-19 Related Loss Calculator (AAFP)
Use this calculator to quantify economic harm to your practice as you prepare to apply for funding through the CARES Act. | AAFP's CARES Act summary
- AAFP Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
- Michigan Small Business Restart Program
- MI Local Biz | COVID-19 Small Business Support Program
- Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation's Short-term Cash Flow Loan Program
- Berrien Community Foundation Emergency Response & Recovery Grant
- Detroit Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grand Fund
- Detroit Small Business Stabilization Fund
- Grand Traverse Community Foundation Urgent Needs Fund Grants
- Michigan Small Business Relief Program Grants
- Michigan Small Business Relief Program Loans
- TCF Small Business Relief Loan Fund - Wayne County
- Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers to Plan & Respond to COVID-19 (CDC; updated March 21)
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA; March 21)
- Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response (U.S. Department of Homeland Security; March 19)
- What To Do if You Are Sick (CDC)
- COVID-19 Multilingual Resources
- Do NOT Touch the TZone
- COVID-19 Fact Sheets (MDHHS; English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Burmese)
- Media Advisory Template: Family Physicians Are Open for Business (MAFP; April 9)
Family medicine practices may modify this this MAFP media advisory to make it practice-specific and then distribute to patients and local media.
- Prescription to Stay Home Video (AAFP; April 8)
- Social Media Toolkit (CDC)
- Coronavirus-related Medicare Scam Alert (CMS; April 6)
- Beware for Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines, and Treatments (FDA; March 24)
- Disinfecting Your Home if Someone is Sick (CDC)
- Tip Sheets for Older Adults (MDHHS)
- What You Can Do to Stop COVID-19 Fraud (Senior Medicare Patrol)
- Guidance for Individuals Recovering at Home (MDHHS)
- CDC Communications Resources
- Online Self-assessment Tools (CDC)
Webinar, Calls, Etc.
- AAFP Weekly Virtual Town Hall | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Archive
Wednesday evening at 8 pm ET throughout the crisis
Get the latest updates, ask questions, and earn 1 CME for real-time or on-demand viewing.
Host: American Academy of Family Physicians
- The Road to Immunity During COVID-19: Developing and Distributing a Vaccine (American Public Health Association)
- COVID-19 Testing Course: Fundamental and Application to Practice
Host: American Academy of Family Physicians
- Pandemic Self-Study Package: COVID-19
Free sessions approved for AAFP Prescribed credit; sessions continue to be added.
Host: American Academy of Family Physicians
- Recordings: COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Video Series: Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians
FREE online training
Host: Society of Critical Care Medicine
- On-demand Addiction Medicine Webinar: Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Host: American Society of Addiction Medicine
- Coronavirus Literature through PubMedCentral
Host: National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine
CME & Certification
- AAFP Changes CME Reporting Requirements and Member Dues Deadlines (March 30)
- ABFM Adjusts Certification Activities During COVID-19 Response
- AAFP Professional Enrichment Credit
Independent study to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 can be claimed as Professional Enrichment credit. Go to www.aafp.org/mycme, choose the Report CME tab, and look for Professional Enrichment in the Self-Directed Learning Activities section. Limited to 25 AAFP Elective credits per three-year re-election cycle.
- Michigan MD and DO Educational Limited Licensure Process During COVID-19 State of Emergency (LARA; April 1)
- Bureau of Professional Licensing: Exemption of Michigan Licensure Time of Disaster/State of Emergency (LARA; March 16)
- COVID-19 Related Questions Regarding Licensing & Regulation Topics: Email LARA-COVID-19-Questions@michigan.gov
Below are links to information from Michigan health plans about how they are supporting members during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Most of Michigan's Health Insurers Agree to Provide COVID-19 Treatment at No Cost to Patients (MSP; April 10)
- MDHHS Suspends All Medicaid Closures (MDHHS; April 6)
To ensure all Medicaid beneficiaries are able to receive needed medical services during the COVID-19 emergency, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services suspended program coverage closures for all Medicaid programs beginning March 16. Medicaid coverage will only be closed if the individual moves out of state, requests that their benefits close, or they become deceased.
- Electronic Claims are Encouraged: Paper Claims Cannot Be Scanned (MDHHS; April 6)
- MDHHS COVID-19 Response Service Extension Database (MDHHS)
This database reflects codes and coverage changes that are in effect March through 30 days following termination of Gov. Whitmer's Emergency Order 2020-04 declaring a state of emergency in Michigan, or on the first of the following month, whichever is later.
Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education
- ACGME Clarification Regarding Telemedicine & ACGME Surveys (March 18)
- Three Stages of GME During the COVID-19 Pandemic (ACGME)
- Family Medicine Residency FAQs (ACGME)
- Increased Clinical Demands Guidance (ACGME)
- Pandemic Emergency Status Guidance (ACGME)
American Academy of Family Physicians
- AAFP Policy: Medical Learner Safety & Wellness During Pandemic Crisis (AAFP; April 9)
- Board Review Express Live Courses Free to Residents (AAFP)
After registering, residents will receive an email with a link to access the archived content.
American Board of Family Medicine
- ABFM COVID-19 Updates for Graduating Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (March 20)
- ABFM Information Related to COVID-19 and Certification Activities (ABFM; March 18)
Family medicine certification examination cancelled for April dates; quarter 1 deadline extended for FMCLA participants extended; spring CAQ exam update; telemedicine licensure in another state; and more.
American Medical Association
- COVID-19 Relief Bill (CARES Act): What Residents & Students Need to Know (AMA; April 13)
- Medical Education COVID-19 Resource Guide (AMA; April 6)
- AMA Guiding Principles to Protect Learners Responding to COVID-19 (AMA; April 1)
American Osteopathic Association
- Certification Exams (AOA)
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
- Free Access to Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Through May 31 (AFMRD, STFM)
- Program Directors Toolbox - COVID-19 Resources (AFMRD)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19: Teaching Hospitals, Teaching Physicians, Medical Residents (CMS; March 30)
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians
- MAFP's WhatsApp Group Chat for Family Medicine Residents (MAFP resident member login required)
- MAFP Video Message to Family Medicine Residents
- MAFP Video Message to Medical Students
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Michigan MD and DO Educational Limited Licensure Process During COVID-19 State of Emergency (LARA; April 1)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
- Medical Education Resources (STFM)
United States Medical Licensing Examination
- Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 3 Testing Update (USMLE; April 17)
Prometric has communicated they will begin testing on May 1 on a site-by-site basis, according to local public health practices and guidelines. USMLE anticipates it will be available at these sites barring any changes in local restrictions.
- Test Center Closures, Step 2 Clinical Skills Testing Temporarily Suspended (USMLE)
- Crisis Text Line
Text RESTORE to 741741 to have a confidential conversation with a crisis counselor; available 24/7.
- PeerRxMed: No One Cares Alone
Free peer-supported program designed to by a family physician that uses a "buddy system" to provide support and guidance for physicians and other healthcare professionals.
- Physician Support Line
A free, confidential support telehealth line staffed by volunteer psychiatrists for U.S. physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Stay Home, Stay Mindful: Meditation, Sleep & Movement Exercises
- Stress and Coping During COVID-19 (CDC)
- Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself (CDC)
- Caring for Our Caregivers During COVID-19 (AMA)
- Physicians: Protecting the Health of Your Household (March 25)
- Sustaining the Well-being of Healthcare Personnel During Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks: A One-Pager (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)
- Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)
- CDC Vaccination (CDC)
- Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine (MDHHS)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Guidance (CMS)
- COVID-19 Vaccine (AAFP)
- V-Safe: Smartphone-based after-vaccination health checker