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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.

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Managing a telephone encounter: five tips for effective communication [audio]
How to leave coronavirus behind when you come home [audio]
The parking lot visit: how it works [audio]
COVID-19 FPM Audio [AAFP app; look for the "AAFP Audio" headphone icon]

Virtual Visits

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19 new
Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video new
How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs new
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
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

Four algorithms that answer four key questions about COVID-19 new
A checklist for reopening your practice for “non-essential” face-to-face visits new
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

Employed physicians: will your contract protect you from COVID-19 budget cuts?
New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients
CMS suspends advance payment program
Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding
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
Six things to know about the CARES Act provider relief fund payments


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

Physician Wellness

Ten tips for cultivating patience during uncertain times new
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
AAFP's COVID-19 Latest Updates
American Family Physician: COVID-19 Resources
Annals of Family Medicine: COVID-19 Collection
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 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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