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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: 11/09/2021

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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]

Coding & Payment

COVID-19 vaccination guidelines: boosters, codes, indications, and timing [FPM blog] new
COVID-19 vaccines coding guide
Medicare adds bonus for some at-home COVID-19 vaccine administrations
How to get paid if a patient’s health plan doesn’t cover the COVID-19 shot
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
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
Coding & Documentation: Special COVID-19 edition
CMS finally specifies which service codes are subject to COVID-19 cost-sharing waiver
Employed physicians: will your contract protect you from COVID-19 budget cuts?
New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients
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

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

Financial Relief

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians [FPM blog]
Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans [FPM blog]
IRS says these COVID-19 relief funds are taxable [FPM blog]
HHS extends application deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund [FPM blog]
CMS suspends advance payment program [FPM blog]
Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding [FPM blog]
Six things to know about the CARES Act provider relief fund payments [FPM blog]
The deadline to apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds is only days away [FPM blog]
How to access small business loans for COVID-19 financial relief [FPM blog]


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
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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