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Miscellaneous Practice Resources

COVID-19 Risk Management Tip from Platinum Partner PRMS Inc -3/27/20

We wanted to make sure you were aware of all of the various resources related to telepsychiatry and  COVID-19:

From the federal government:

The DEA  has issued a statement  confirming the  public health emergency declaration exception to the required one in-person visit prior to prescribing  controlled substances under the Controlled  Substances Act, as amended by the Ryan Haight Act.

The  FDA has issued guidance  related to REMS requirements, such as required lab monitoring that  cannot be done by home-bound patients.

OCR has issued several HIPAA-related resources

  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR)  , the agency responsible for HIPAA enforcement, has  exercised “its enforcement discretion and will  waive potential penalties against health care providers that serve patients through everyday  communication technologies during the  COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This exercise of discretion applies to widely  available communication apps, such as  FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose,  regardless of whether the telehealth service is  directly related to COVID-19.”
  • Telemedicine FAQs
  • Information sharing
  • Coronavirus-related cyber scams

SAMHSA  has put out various resources including:

CMS has relaxed several requirements  for the provision of and payment for telemedicine services  to federal healthcare program beneficiaries, such as Medicare patients.

From professional organizations:

From  the ASAM:

From the AMA  :

From the APA  :

See all PRMS Coronavirus Risk Alerts here.


Practice Guidance for COVID-19

UF Infection Control Task Force Infection Control Tip Sheet (creators include FPS members: Jacqueline A. Hobbs, MD, PhD (Chair); Elizabeth Ahn, MD; Ryan Joy, MD; Nicholas Martinez, MD; Meena Nuthi, MD; and Joe Thornton, MD)

Five Strategies to Protect Psychiatric Patients, Staff From COVID-19

CMS - Recommendations Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I

  FMA: Reopening Your Medical Practice: Primer for Florida Physicians 

AMA - COVID-19: A physician practice guide to reopening

PRMS: Preparing for what's next


HIPAA, Ethics, and Covid-19

HIPAA Emergency Preparedness

HHS Issues Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions Due to Coronavirus

AMA's Ethics Guidance during COVID-19


Substance Abuse

SAMHSA - Guidance on substance abuse treatment during Coronavirus

SAMHSA - Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 - 3/26 (webinars and other resources on various practice-related topics, including treatment, telehealth, and practice management)

SAMHSA - Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak


Other resources

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