MSSNY COVID-19 Update – March 29, 2020

Physicians are required to report suspect cases to their local department of health.

Microscopic view of COVID-19

March 29 Statistics

New York State: 44,635 confirmed cases, 285 deaths. New York City: 29,766 confirmed cases; 672 deaths, 5,537 Nassau; 4,138 Suffolk; 7,875 Westchester, 1,986 Rockland; 195 Albany.

United States: 124,686; deaths: 2,191; 2,612 recovered. World Count: 716,701 confirmed; 31,882 deaths. 

For a complete NYS county list, click here.



March 28

· Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

· Executive Order of Suspension of Non-Essential Elective Surgeries

· Operationalizing State-Wide Ban on Elective Surgery

· List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

· Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 (podcast)


Telehealth

· Humana Telehealth Update

· How to Set Up Free Telemedicine for Your Patients – Part I

· Telemedicine in Practice – Part 2

· Emergency Medical Aid and Telemedicine

· Comprehensive Guidance Regarding Use of Telehealth 

· Expansion of Medicare coverage for telehealth (so it is no longer limited to rural areas)

· Assuring physicians can use Facetime and Skype for telehealth without worrying about HIPA

· COVID-19 Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Telehealth

· Telehealth Insurance Circular Letter No. 6 (2020)
Reminder that private insurers must cover telehealth services for patients (including those provided through a smartphone) and without patient cost-sharing.

· COVID-19 Telephonic Communication Services
Since Medicare still requires telemedicine to be provided only to patients in a rural setting, you should look at “virtual check in” services under codes  G2010, G2012, 99421, 99422 and 99423.

· State regulated insurers re: required telehealth coverage for all health care services without patient cost-sharing “including technology commonly available on smartphones and other devices”.

· Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus


Patients

• Precautions Physicians Should Take (from NYSDOH)

• Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

• Patient Information on COVID-19 (Podcast)

• Patient precautionary Flyer


Financial

· Trump Administration Approves 34th State Request for Medicaid Emergency Waivers

· Small Business Provisions in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

· Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extends filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed


• AMA Letter Urging Federal Assistance for personal protection equipment (PPE) for Physicians

• Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) COVID-19 Test Pricing

• FAQs on Essential Health Benefits Coverage and COVID-19

• WC: Laws, Regulations and Decisions

For Medicare fees, go to ngsmedicare.com and do a fee schedule look up for your specific locality (01, 02, 03, 04, or 99).

• Infection Prevention for Self Quarantine

Questions:

• NYS has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
• The New York State Department of Health has established a provider email account for physicians to ask questions about COVID-19: Covidproviderinfo@health.ny.gov