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Managing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic - ASPS Webinars

Coronavirus Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide and Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.

In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan. 

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> More financial information and resources can be found here

New York Resources

Governor Cuomo Announces Medical Malpractice Relief

On March 27, 2020 the Governor announced that for a 60 day period, consumers and small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance, including auto, homeowners, renters, workers comp, medical malpractice, livery and taxi. No late fees will be assessed and no negative data will be reported to credit bureaus during this time, and late payments will be payable over a one-year period. More details are forthcoming. Additionally, you may call your malpractice carrier to ask about their additional accommodations for relief, such a reduction to part-time status. 

New York City Employee Retention Grant Program

NYC is offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. Businesses must be located within the five boroughs of New York City and demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue. > Learn more

New York City Small Business Continuity Fund

If your business has fewer than 100 employees, you can get up to $75,000 in interest-free loans from the city to cover revenue losses. Businesses within the five boroughs that have experienced at least a 25% reduction in revenue can qualify. > Learn more



New York Law Covers Telemedicine

Both the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Department of Health (DOH) have sent out notifications relating to the Covid-19 outbreak reminding health insurers, physicians and hospitals that New York law requires coverage for telemedicine in the same manner as if care had been provided in an office setting. 

  • To read the NYS Department of Financial Services circular letter, click here
  • For NYS Medicaid guidance click here
NYS Workers Compensation has issued amendments to allow telemedicine in some circumstances for social distancing purposes due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The text can be found here
    Moreover, Congress passed a law last week that reduces current restrictions on Medicare coverage for telemedicine. A fact sheet can be found here.

    Summary of Medicare Telemedicine Services

    Summary of types of service, what the service is, HCPCS/CPT codes and Patient Relationship with Provider

    Source: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

    NYS Society of Plastic Surgeons Statement on COVID-19

    With support from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS) is following the progression of COVID-19 in New York and the United States. Your leadership has been serving on decision-making committees shaping policies, passionately discussing the effects of the virus on plastic surgery practice in NY, and staff is working to be the voice of plastic surgery at the state government during this difficult time.

    Our goal is to protect you, discern and prioritize information, advise the government on your current status and needs, and respond to member’s inquiries. It is with this in mind that NYSSPS has decided to postpone the in-person annual advocacy day in Albany on April 29th.  When the time is right, we will provide you with more information on how to meet with legislators to discuss issues impacting your practice in light of the current events and in the months to come.    

    NYSSPS is here to help you protect your profession and your patients’ safety that’s why you can use as a resource to cull through the inundation of information and stay apprised of the rapidly changing world.

    Additionally, our strategic partnerships with Garfunkel Wild, PC and The Doctors Company will help shed guidance on how to position your practice during this challenging time.   

    Should you encounter barriers or questions, please email them to NYSSPS as we diligently work to provide you with resources and answers. We are ready and mobilized to let the state government know what it’s like in the field, and what you are facing in order to help inform their decision making and policies. Send your questions here: nyssps@gmail.com

    Thank you for your service to your patients and for always putting patient safety first. 

    ASPS Resources 

    ASPS COVID-19 Member Resources

    ASPS Mobile App

    ASPS Member Portal

    Critical Care Resources for the Non-ICU Clinician

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the number of critically ill patients is expected to surge in hospitals across the United States. This may result in non-ICU clinicians being needed to care for critically ill patients. ASPS thanks the Society of Critical Care Medicine for their partnership in providing this online education to our plastic surgeons who may benefit from this free critical care training. Learn more

    Practice / Staffing and Financial Relief 

    Physician Wellness
    Headspace, a recommended resource by the ASPS for physician wellness is offering all US healthcare professionals, who work in public health settings, free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.

    If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. To get started, please select the state where your NPI is registered: https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19 

    > Access more ASPS recommended physician wellness resources 

    National Resources

    CDC Website for Healthcare Professionals 

    Free Patient Communication Resources  
    CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters.

    CDC Resources for Business and Employers

    AMA - A Physicians Quickstart Guide to COVID-19 (PDF) Website

    AMA - Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice (new)

    World Health Organization - Coronavirus

    Environmental Protection Agency - Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against COVID-19

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