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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. This collection addresses how primary care practices can manage COVID-19 and reduce exposure.

Last Update: 07/13/2021

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A checklist for reopening your practice for “non-essential” face-to-face visits [audio]
How to leave coronavirus behind when you come home [audio]
Managing a telephone encounter: five tips for effective communication [audio]
The parking lot visit: how it works [audio]
COVID-19 FPM Audio [AAFP app; look for the "AAFP Audio" headphone icon]

Virtual Visits During COVID-19

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19
Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video
How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs
CMS: Patients can self-report vitals for Medicare AWV telehealth visits
Two welcome changes for audio-only telephone visits
CMS waives telehealth restrictions for FQHC and RHC physicians
Operationalizing virtual visits during a public health pandemic
Is a pandemic the perfect time to start group visits?
A virtual visit algorithm: how to differentiate and code telehealth visits, e-visits, and virtual check-ins
Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules
Three federal telehealth rules that no longer apply during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patient Care

08/01/2021 A Compassionate Communication Refresher for Clinicians Experiencing COVID Fatigue new
Practical lessons learned from administering COVID vaccine in a small office setting
Practice Pearls: Use personal stories to prepare patients for a COVID-19 vaccine
How to talk to your patients about COVID-19: symptoms, exposure, the vaccine, and misinformation
Building an Outdoor Urgent Care Clinic During a Pandemic: One Clinic's Experience
CMS and CDC release guidance on counseling patients tested for COVID-19
Four tips for maintaining patient relationships despite COVID-19
Reopening your practice during COVID-19: where to begin
Four algorithms that answer four key questions about COVID-19
A checklist for reopening your practice for “non-essential” face-to-face visits [audio]
10 communication tips for physician phone visits during COVID-19
Coronavirus: six ways to prepare your practice now
Managing a telephone encounter: five tips for effective communication [audio]
The parking lot visit: how it works [audio]
When can recovering COVID-19 patients leave isolation, and do they need return-to-work letters? What to tell patients
Patient triage, scheduling, and rooming: three ways to adapt your workflows for COVID-19

Coding & Payment

COVID-19 vaccines coding guide
Medicare adds bonus for some at-home COVID-19 vaccine administrations new
How to get paid if a patient’s health plan doesn’t cover the COVID-19 shot new
CMS raises payment for COVID-19 vaccine administration
A rule to remember when administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicare Advantage patients
More new CPT codes approved for COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19: New ICD-10 codes for the new year
First COVID-19 vaccine CPT codes published
Coding COVID-19 exposure
New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing
HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians
Three steps to improve preventive service utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips
Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans
Coding & Documentation: Special COVID-19 edition
CMS finally specifies which service codes are subject to COVID-19 cost-sharing waiver
IRS says these COVID-19 relief funds are taxable
Employed physicians: will your contract protect you from COVID-19 budget cuts?
New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients
HHS extends application deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund
CMS suspends advance payment program
Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding
Six things to know about the CARES Act provider relief fund payments
The deadline to apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds is only days away
How to access small business loans for COVID-19 financial relief
New codes for COVID-19 antibody tests
What coding modifiers to use for Medicare telehealth services and COVID-19 testing
Medicare provides more regulatory relief in response to COVID-19
Medicare expanding accelerated and advance payments due to COVID-19
CMS offers data reporting relief in response to COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules and procedure codes for testing
Coding for the new coronavirus and COVID-19 illness


How to tell policymakers what you need to fight COVID-19

Physician Wellness

Four reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among health care workers, and ways to counter them new
COVID-19 lessons learned: one health system’s story
Coping with COVID stress
Ten tips for cultivating patience during uncertain times
COVID-19 is increasing physician burnout
Four principles for handling stress during a crisis
How to leave coronavirus behind when you come home [audio]
Making self-care a priority, even now

Other Resources

AAFP's COVID-19 Resources
American Family Physician: COVID-19 Resources
Annals of Family Medicine: COVID-19 Collection
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Information for Health Care Professionals
Essential Evidence Plus: Severe Coronavirus Infections (SARS, COVID-19)
Family Medicine Case Notes From the COVID-19 Front Lines

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