Urge Lawmakers to support family physicians during COVID-19

AAFP

Family physicians continue to play an essential role in our nation’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus spreads, the pressures on family physicians will only increase. Many practices are facing severe shortages of equipment and supplies, and most are starting to feel the financial strains of the pandemic. It is critical that congressional leaders take action to support America’s frontline physicians by ensuring they have the equipment, supplies and financial resources needed to keep them operating.

Please join us in urging lawmakers to do their part to provide family physicians the support we need to be successful in responding to COVID-19. The AAFP SPEAK OUT tool is a valuable tool for all family physicians to use. The pre-written message may be edited as you see fit.

Most recently the AAFP joined the AMA, ACP, ACS and MGMA in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for increase support to physicians. The legislative requests included in the letter are:

Require all payers, including ERISA plans, to provide coverage and payment for audio-only telehealth visits with patients, at the same level as in-person visits.

  1. Provide dedicated and direct financial support to physicians and their practices on the front lines of testing, diagnosing, and treating patients at risk of COVID-19, recognizing the increased costs they are incurring in the care of such patients.
  2. Provide dedicated financial support to all physicians and their practices who are experiencing adverse economic impact on their practices from suspending elective visits and procedures.
  3. We also strongly urge that Congress take all possible actions to ensure that every physician, and every health care worker, has access to critically needed PPE.
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Executive Order Issued to Expand Telemedicine; Tips on Telehealth

KAFP/AAFP

Under the new executive orders issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts is blocked from enforcing any law, rule or regulation that requires in-person examinations in order to issue a prescription or administer medication.

Out-of-state doctors may provide telemedicine services in Kansas if they are licensed in another state. All physicians are encouraged to utilize telemedicine, including those under self-quarantine.

This expansion of telemedicine is to deliver relief for COVID-19. As of March 22, 66 Kansas residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and two have died. See detailed map.

 The AAFP recently updated its guidance on using telehealth to specifically address caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tips included in that guidance address how to quickly implement telemedicine in a practice, how to get reimbursed for virtual visits and what codes to use for COVID-19. Additionally, there is specific guidance on Medicare payment requirements for these telehealth sessions.

Read more on how family physicians are using telehealth as a tool to care for patients.

Join Virtual Town Hall

AAFP

Recently, the AAFP President Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP and AAFP SVP Julie Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP hosted the AAFP Virtual Town Hall to discuss the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak. You can view the video here. The next AAFP Virtual Town Hall is set for Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. live on the AAFP Facebook page. Mark your calendars.

Information You Can Use

AAFP

There is a flood of information on the coronavirus. AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.

Familydoctor.org has four new articles on COVID-19 that you can share with your patients who are desperate for reliable information.

And you will always find the most comprehensive and timely information that’s tailored to family physicians on the AAFP’s COVID-19 resource page.

AAFP

There is a flood of information on the coronavirus. AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.

Familydoctor.org has four new articles on COVID-19 that you can share with your patients who are desperate for reliable information.

And you will always find the most comprehensive and timely information that’s tailored to family physicians on the AAFP’s COVID-19 resource page.

Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine and Virtual Care

AAFP

Please read this public statement by AAFP: Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine and Virtual Care that addresses the need for new policies that will enhance coverage and payment for telemedicine and virtual care. The statement calls on all health plans – public, private, ERISA and Medicaid – to expand their policies in four key areas. We encourage you to email to your United States Senators and share with your local insurance company contacts.

COVID-19 Resources

KAFP

We are living in incredible times and you, our members, are the frontline to combating the COVID-19 outbreak and working to flatten the curve of the virus’s impact on our communities.

KAFP is committed to supporting you while you advance the health of Kansans. That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s newsletter to help you easily access patient information, resources from KDHE, the CDC and AAFP.

We know our community health centers and hospitals will be taxed throughout this pandemic. The best thing we can do however, is to listen to trusted, scientific resources providing us with guidance and guidelines.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your communities and patients.

Resources to inform and educate patients:

Resources for physicians:

Telemedicine Resources:

Coverage and Reimbursement

Legal

Practice Guidelines

Technical Support/Misc.

COVID-19-related websites:

KAFP-Foundation Wine Tasting and Auction tickets for sale

KAFP-Foundation

The KAFP-Foundation Wine Tasting and Auction is back at KAFP’s annual conference Fam Med Forward 2020 – June 4-6 In Manhattan, Kan. This popular event is a great opportunity to fellowship with your peers, sample new wines, and even bid on fabulous wines donated by members. Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation. Tickets are $75 per person and are tax deductible.

You may buy tickets with your Fam Med Forward registration or purchase tickets separately online.  Contact Michelle Corkins to donate items, or you may wish to make a gift to the KAFP-Foundation.

KAFP-Foundation Wine Tasting & Auction
June 4, 2020
Union Pacific Train Depot, Manhattan, KS

 

2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline: March 31

AAFP

If you haven’t already submitted your 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, the deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. CST for MIPS-eligible clinicians.

Failure to report will result in a negative 7% adjustment to 2021 Medicare Part B payments.

To submit data, clinicians need to follow these steps:

  • Go to the QPP website.
  • Sign in with your QPP access credentials. (See directions below.)
  • Submit 2019 MIPS data (or review the data reported on your behalf by a third party).

Unsure whether you are required to participate in the QPP?  Check your eligibility status using the QPP Participation Status Lookup Tool.

Support is available at no cost for clinicians in small practices, health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas through the QPP’s Small, Underserved and Rural Practices initiative.

For personalized help, contact QPP’s experts by email or by phone at 1-866-288-8292.

Educate your patients and prepare your practice teams for COVID-19

AAFP

Preparation and prevention are now the focus as the number of COVID-19 cases grows. To support your practice as the situation evolves, the AAFP is continually collecting resources that address family physician needs that are aligned with CDC. If you have not already, please bookmark this page for reference: https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus.html. This information is updated regularly and intended to help you prepare your office for possible cases, respond to patient questions, conduct screenings, and recognize and manage cases.

Last OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar before April 1 Launch

OneCare Kansas

OneCare Kansas services are scheduled to begin April 1, 2020. Don’t miss this last webinar in the OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series: Health Action Plan Portal Demo that will provide potential providers with a live demonstration of the newly developed Health Action Plan Portal. This portal will be a required tool for developing, documenting and sharing member Health Action Plans as part of the OneCare Kansas program. Learn more.

To be eligible for services, individuals (adults and children) must be currently enrolled in KanCare and have at least one of the following diagnoses:

  • Asthma + at risk for at least one additional chronic condition OR
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia OR
  • Severe Bipolar Disorder