Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Coverage Information

Updated March 20, 2020

  

Coverage FAQ:

Q: I normally provide anesthesia in the ORs. Am I covered if I practice in ICU, Critical Care or another part of the hospital to care for COVID-19 patients?

A: Yes.  Your PPM policy covers you for your practice of medicine.

Q: Would I be covered if I am asked to practice in another state where I do not have a license?

A: Yes.  During the period of National Emergency the HHS Secretary has used the authority provided by the emergency declaration to modify license requirements to allow that “physicians and other health care professionals be licensed in the State in which they provide such services, if they have equivalent licensing in another State and are not affirmatively excluded from practice in that State or in any State a part of which is included in the emergency area.” After the emergency period ends the requirements of each state would apply.  

Q: Am I covered by my PPM policy if I provide telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak?

A: Yes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.

 

Links, Articles & Guidelines

APSF COVID-19 Resource Center https://www.apsf.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-resource-center/

ASA Coronavirus COVID-19 Spotlight https://www.asahq.org/in-the-spotlight/coronavirus-covid-19-information

AANA Anesthesia Care of the Patient with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.aana.com/practice/clinical-practice-resources/anesthesia-care-of-the-patient-with-coronavirus-disease-2019-(covid-19)

APSF/ASA Joint Statement on Non-Urgent Care https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2020/03/asa-apsf-joint-statement-on-non-urgent-care-during-the-covid-19-outbreak

CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations https://www.cms.gov/files/document/31820-cms-adult-elective-surgery-and-procedures-recommendations.pdf