Coronavirus Resources for Physicians
The IMA has gathered resources for physicians to reference during the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, follow the IMA Twitter.
Helpful Links and Recent Updates
- Gov. Brad Little has made a four-stage plan for Idaho to reopen, you can find those plans here. Gov. Little announced on Feb. 2 that Idaho will move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan.
The COVID-19 Vaccine is now available to all Idahoans 16 years and older.
Idaho's COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System: By answering a few questions, your information will be added to the Idaho COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. The waitlist will allow a vaccine provider to contact you when you are eligible and there is vaccine and an available appointment for you.
If you are able to receive a vaccination at this time, visit the state's COVID-19 vaccine website and navigate to your public health district's website to find a provider near you. Here are a few links you can use to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments:
Family Medicine Health Center
The Boise VA Medical Center is currently vaccinating enrolled veterans of all age groups. If you are a veteran enrolled for VA health care, and you would like to receive a COVID19 vaccine from the Boise VA Medical Center call (208) 422-1499 to schedule a day and time to receive a COVID19 vaccine. The COVID vaccine is free to receive. If a veteran is not enrolled for VA care, but would like to enroll to receive the COVID19 vaccine please call the Boise VA Enrollment Office at (208) 422-1000 ext. 7928 to enroll for VA health care.
You can tune into the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee meetings and find more information from these meetings HERE.
As Idaho's physicians continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, IMA has partnered with Gill Compliance Solutions to offer a brand new membership benefit to IMA members that will help you find updated telehealth and vaccine payor rules for Idaho all in one place. The new Payor Policy Portal provides you with viewing rights to a Smartsheet that includes updated common codes, modifiers, and links to vital information and payor guidelines. The Portal is updated each Monday by IMA's reimbursement consultants at Gill Compliance Solutions with the most current guidelines available to the public. This new benefit comes at no extra cost to your 2021 membership. As you continue to take care of Idaho during this challenging time, we hope you find this new resource convenient and helpful.
How to access the Payor Policy Portal:
The Payor Policy Portal is only available to Idaho Medical Association Members, members have access for the entire 2021 membership year. If you would like access to this benefit, please complete the following steps:
1. Email Rebecca at the IMA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the email addresses in your practice that should have access to the Portal.
2. The IMA will verify membership and send your information to Gill Compliance Solutions.
3. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from Smartsheet with your access to the Portal (you will be required to create a login and password). This email will also include a disclosure for your review.
4. Once you’ve accessed the Portal, you are able to scroll and view at anytime. Updates are made weekly and highlighted for your convenience.
5. PLEASE watch this two-minute tutorial for navigating the Portal.
*Note: Payors might publish information more frequently than the Smartsheet and this resource should only be used as a reference. Guidelines are not contract-specific and only the most utilized payors are included.
IMA Partners with ActionPPE:
If you need other PPE supplies (other than N95 masks) such as KN95’s, gloves, gowns, etc. you can also place orders for those PPE items directly on the IMA ActionPPE website and they will ship quickly. To order these items, you must place a minimum order of $250. Orders are placed online and shipped directly to your office. IMA Members receive a 5% discount off their PPE orders! DISCOUNT CODE: IMA-SAVE5
Important PPE Information Resources:
Stanford Medicine Anesthesia Informatics and Media lab published this report: Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages. This report includes helpful information about face mask alternatives, disinfecting face masks, reusing face masks, conserving face masks and more.
Please review the CDC’s guidance on strategies for optimization of PPE
Decontamination Service for N95 Masks: Due to the shortage of available N95 respirators, the State of Idaho, FEMA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have arranged for Battelle to place a Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) in Idaho.The system is located with Idaho National Lab’s site in Idaho Falls and is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 N95 type respirators each day, allowing them to be reused multiple times. Use of the CCDS to decontaminate your used N95 respirators, including shipping, is FREE TO YOUR ORGANIZATION. Consider using this free service in order to extend the life of N95 compatible respirators already in short supply. Enroll for this HERE.
PPE Requests: Idaho has transitioned from ordering PPE from the Strategic
National Stockpile (SNS) to requesting PPE from FEMA through the Idaho Emergency
Operations Center(IDEOC); the state
is required to provide FEMA with a daily “Burn-Rate” for all requesting
agencies/users before they will accept a PPE Resource Request Form (RRF) from
the state. If you need to order, or will
be ordering PPE in the future, you will need to complete THIS SURVEY daily.
At the end of each week, the requests for PPE from those surveys will be compiled and submitted as one PPE Request For Assistance
to IDEOC. IDEOC will then determine how best to satisfy the
request, and then submit it to FEMA
for action. IDEOC unfortunately cannot guarantee all items requested will be
satisfied immediately given the current logistical issues Nationwide, we will
however be prioritized by FEMA upon submission. For more information about the importance of this survey and FAQs, click here.
Project N95 PPE supplier: Are you in need of N95 PPE in your clinic? Project N95 is the National COVID-19 Critical Equipment Clearinghouse for PPE and critical equipment. Project N95 is a rapid response, non-profit organization who works with suppliers and providers to get PPE out to our country’s healthcare workers. The N95 website link to fill out to request PPE is, https://airtable.com/shrM9HFk8eeo9mLTK. Or if you are able to volunteer or donate to their cause you can follow this link to find ways to contribute, https://www.projectn95.org/faq
PPE Donation Requests: To support healthcare organizations obtain PPE that are not met through state or federal channels, United Way of Treasure Valley has established a central system for you to request some medical and hygiene supplies. This system will do its best to match needs with donated supplies. To submit your requests click here and you will be directed to a simple form. When/if your requests can be filled you will be contacted by a representative of United Way. Please keep in mind – this is a donation-based system. The ability to match your needs with supplies will be subject to the availability of donated resources.
Holland and Hart law firm has created a coronavirus resource page and has provided helpful articles
- CLICK HERE for the AMA's 2021 Physician Practice Financial Relief Guide. This guide reviews Paycheck Protection Loan Program loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, and the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. Please review these federal opportunities for financial assistance during the pandemic.
- Message from IDHW Division of Medicaid – COVID-19 Funding Opportunity: The Division of Medicaid was awarded $38 million from Idaho’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) funding in September 2020 to assist in stabilizing the healthcare provider community for their prevention, preparation, and response to COVID-19. The Division of Medicaid has provided targeted funding opportunities to certain provider specialties since then. A new round will open, starting April 22, 2021, to all Idaho Medicaid provider types. Applicants may receive up to $1,800 per Medicaid participant, less other federal/state COVID-19 assistance, if they meet the requirements. Click here for the Information Release sent to in-state providers with more details.
Please direct your questions to the Medicaid CFAC inbox, MedicaidCFAC@dhw.idaho.gov.
- Gov. Little announced that the state of Idaho will offer healthcare providers new grants to more quickly administer COVID-19 vaccine across the state. The new COVID-19 Vaccine Capacity, Safety, and Reporting Grants can be used by enrolled vaccine provider organizations to increase staffing to administer shots, purchase needed equipment and supplies, and improve vaccine access for hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. The amount each enrolled healthcare vaccine provider will receive is based on the number of doses they administer. Click here to read the governor's press release.
- Financial Worksheet: As revenue decreases, it will be important to closely examine your monthly expenses. If your practice
management system is not able to automatically produce a dashboard report, consider utilizing a one-pagefinancial worksheet to get an at-a-glance view of your practice’s financial health.
- Physician Vitality Program: As you continue to take care of Idaho, please take care of yourself! The IMA Foundation has helped temporarily expand the Ada County Medical Society (ACMS) Physician Vitality Program (PVP) statewide, as a resource for ANY IMA member in Idaho (including PAs and NPs who are IMA members).
PVP provides no-cost, confidential and anonymous counseling services tailored to healthcare professionals; these services are accessible through telehealth appointments.
- Idaho coronavirus counseling assistance
- Headspace – Headspace, a guided meditation app, is offering all US healthcare professionals free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.
Idaho school districts are still determining their plans for the upcoming school year. We hope the resources below might be helpful if you, as a provider, are asked for or would like to give input on this matter to your community school officials. Here are some resources about safely reopening schools:
Click on the following hospital website pages to find out testing location details: