COVID-19 Resource Page

VMS Is Here to Support Our Members During COVID-19 Pandemic 
VMS recognizes you: the health care professionals of the state, as our most valuable resource and wants to serve as an information resource during this critical time. We will do what we can to share critical, timely information and to advocate for supports, supplies and services that are necessary now and in the coming months. Please let us know how we can best support you practicaly and emotionally. Here are some resources we have gathered: 
Caring for Our Caregivers
 
 
VMS Weekly COVID-19 CALLS With VDH 
Tuesday, March 24th, 12:15-12:45pm

Please join VMS, for a weekly COVID-19 update from 12:15-12:45 pm hosted by Vermont Department of Health (VDH) Commissioner Mark Levine to update Vermont's clinicians on the latest information to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont. Please use this call-in information each week:
Join Skype Meeting 
Join by phone: Dial-in number: +1 (802) 552-8456        
Conference ID: 993815551
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State Resources
 
VT Practitioner and Licensing Resources
 
Small Business Support 
State/Federal Agency Resources:
DVHA to Provide Funding for non-hospital based providers to apply for immediate cash flow assistance for their practices. The Agency will accept applications between March 27 and April 21, 2020. Click here for more info or email AHS.COVID19Financial@vermont.gov
 
Open Enrollment Information for VT Patients 
 
Mental Health Facility Policies and Resources
 
Federal
CMS Coding chart on Medicare telehealth
CMS Fact Sheet on Medicare telehealth - Issued 3.17
CMS FAQs on Medicare telehealth
 
Legal
 
Practice Guidelines
AMA Guidance for Ethical Practice in Telemedicine
 
Technical Support/Misc.
NGS is available to answer Medicare Telehealth Billing Questions
Telemedicine Quick Set-up Guide in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency developed by Drs. Sylvia Romm, Adam Maghrabi, Tisha Rowe, Aditi Joshi
Free Vermont Based Telemedicine Webinars
Mark McGee, M.D. will be offering free weekly telemedicine webinars to anyone interested.  Meeting capacity is currently limited to 100 participants at a time (can expand as needed), so he asks those interested in participating to email him and he will send you the meeting link.
 
- 3.18 - DFR Bulletin #211 SUSPENSION OF ROUTINE PROVIDER AUDITS BY INSURERS - VMS advocated for routine audits to be temporarily suspended during the crisis.
- 3.17 - DFR Bulletin #210 COVID-19 PRESCRIPTION DRUG REFILLS - to provide for immediate refills on first fills and longer than 30-day refills.
- 3.6 - DFR Bulletin #209 ACCESS TO COVID-19 TESTING - to minimize cost-sharing for testing, diagnosis and treatment.
 
Vounteer Information
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Mask Sewing Instructions to Donate to frontline healthcare professionals

VMS Seeking Peer Support Volunteers for COVID-19 Response

While many of our physician and physician assistant members are being called upon to respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Vermont Medical Society (VMS) is seeking peer-to-peer support volunteers from any member who is able to provide emotional and practical support at this time. Understanding that our retired members fall into a higher risk category from the virus, yet are asking how they can assist the state in fighting the spread of COVID-19, we are specifically asking our retired members if they would be willing and able to provide this support but are opening this up to all members as well. Please click here if you are interested in serving as a peer support volunteer or receiving support.

 

NYS Seeking Medical Professionals for COVID-19 Response

 
President Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus package - approximately $153 billion for public health demands and $377 billion in small business relief. Click here for AMA Summary of CARES Act.
Emergency Legislation and VMS Updates
3.25 - COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Advances to the Governor
H.742, emergency legislation, containing critical actions to allow clinicians to respond to COVID-19, passed the House on March 25th and heads to the Governor's desk. The VMS has worked with other healthcare provider groups, the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), the Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation and the Governor's office to ensure this legislation is passed and becomes effective as soon as possible. For a summary of the health care provisions in the bill click here. The legislation includes statute changes to: 
  • Temporarily waive the provider tax
  • Create licensing and credentialing flexibility for retired and border state physicians 
  • Allow for reimbursement of services delivered remotely via telephone
  • Provide coverage of health care services delivered through telemedicine and store-and-forward
  • Provide consumer protection to eliminate out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19
  • Allow coverage for early refills and pharmacists to extend maintenance prescriptions
  • Provide for prescription renewals of buprenorphine

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