Recommended strategies include:
The ACCMA has compiled the following telemedicine resources for physicians needing guidance about telemedicine implementation:
CMA is working to obtain information on payor reimbursement policies related to COVID-19 and telemedicine/telephone appointments. As of now, the ACCMA is aware of the following policy announcements:
by David Ginsberg, PrivaPlan
During the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, physicians and healthcare providers may want to adopt telemedicine as a way to provide patient care. The following outlines some easy, acceptable practices for adopting telemedicine quickly that comply with HIPAA and California data and privacy laws, but some precautions should be followed. These include:
While the President has waived HIPAA “enforcement” during this emergency, California data and security laws currently remain in effect; also, patients can still bring an action if their PHI or personal information is breached.
Today’s announcement also means that certain HIPAA Privacy requirements are not being enforced:
NOTE: The ACCMA does not endorse or have any relationship with any companies or products mentioned in this article.
For more information, ACCMA has recorded a Q&A podcast with David Ginsberg concerning HIPAA and COVID-19.
Small businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa
counties are among those eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan
program, which provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2
million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help
overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For more
information and to apply for SBA loans, please visit the Disaster
Loan website. Click
here for the official announcement from the SBA.
If you are an employee of a small business and
are sick or quarantined you can apply for disability benefits. Please visit the
State Department of Employment Development
website for more information. If you are an employee and have experienced
reduced work hours you can apply for unemployment benefits.
Employers experiencing hardship as a result of
COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file
their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty
or interest. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days
from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions,
employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada:
Hearing-impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502
We are waiting for more information regarding
Federal Tax relief from the IRS. Taxpayers are encouraged to use www.irs.gov to find answers to their tax questions. Qualifying taxpayers
can use the FreeFile
program without cost.