COVID19

Quarantine and Isolation: What’s the Difference?

AMS has received several inquiries indicating a lack of clear understanding on the issues of quarantine and isolation, particularly when the physician is exposed to a person with a positive COVID-19 test. The Arkansas Department of Health has provided guidance on these issues and AMS encourages all physicians…

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UAMS Launches Virtual Mental Health Program

Arkansans experiencing mental health issues or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may receive immediate help through the AR-Connect program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' AR-Connect call center is open…

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COVID-19 Legal Risks: Requiring Masks at Your Practice

From PhysiciansPractice.com: While face masks are generally acknowledged as a vital safety device by the majority of the medical community, the CDC and OSHA, there is still some resistance to wearing them that can create legal and physical risks for medical practices. Here are some basics physicians should…

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ADH Issues Updated Guidance on Pre-Procedure Testing

Effective August 1, 2020, based on data showing very low positivity rates in pre-procedure testing to date, the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test prior to elective procedures is rescinded. However, due to the level of spread within many Arkansas communities and to limit introduction of COVID-19 into…

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Governor Issues Mandate for Face Coverings

Today (7\16) Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a statewide mandate ordering that every person in Arkansas must wear a face covering over the mouth and nose. This mandate covers both indoor and environments where there is exposure to non-household members and where six feet of social distancing cannot be…

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The PPE Road Show Continues On

In May, the Arkansas Medical Society and the American Medical Association issued a survey examining member experiences and needs during COVID-19 pandemic. We were looking at levels of concern, trends in telehealth, and needs for re-opening, and what we found was not surprising. One of the barriers to…

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COVID-19: The Physicians’ Perspective Survey

The Physicians’ Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization composed of more than 20 state and regional medical societies nationwide seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients. They are launching a survey to learn how COVID-19 is affecting…

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AFMC Webinar: HIPAA Considerations for Telehealth

AFMC Webinar: HIPAA Considerations for Telehealth Thursday, July 9 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released official guidance encouraging the use of telehealth as a safer alternative to in-office visits. Additionally, OCR stated they would…

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Telehealth and In-Office Scripts for Clinics

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care has put together customized scripts for clinics to use to help communicate with your patients about telemedicine visits. The scripts, available in both English and Spanish, are designed to be customized by your practice and used for communications including social media posts (such…

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