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HHS Further Extends Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday extended until Aug. 28 the deadline for providers participating in Medicaid and CHIP (but not Medicare) to apply for support from the Provider Relief Fund.

HHS Extends Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Some Providers

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline to apply for Phase 2 General Distribution Funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund,…

Sept. 13 Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Some Providers

The deadline for some providers to apply for Phase 2 General Distribution Funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is Sept. 13. The federal Department of Health and Human Services had previously set Aug….

HHS Extends Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid and CHIP Providers

The federal Department of Health and Human Services last week extended until Aug. 3 the deadline for providers participating in Medicaid and CHIP to apply for…

IRS Declares Provider Relief Fund Money to Be Taxable for For-Profit Providers

Just days before the July 15 federal tax filing deadline, the IRS has announced that for-profit healthcare providers that received Provider Relief Fund money will have to pay…

HHS Provides Clarification on CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

HHS has updated its website for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to clarify that not having treated a suspected or actual COVID-19 patient does not…

Provider Relief Fund Distributions

HHS has announced how it will allocate the remaining $70 billion from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund under the CARES Act. $20 billion will be…

HHS Announces New Round of Provider Relief Fund Grants

The federal Department of Health and Human Services today announced an additional $20 billion in funding for providers. Beginning Oct. 5, providers that have already received Provider…

HHS Announces Updates to Provider Relief Fund

HHS today announced that it plans to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received…

Final Day to Submit Financial Data for Provider Relief Fund Payments

Today, June 3, is the last day that providers can submit financial data to be eligible for additional payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund…

HHS Releases Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has released guidance on reporting requirements for practices that received more than $10,000 from the CARES Act Provider…

Provider Relief Fund Compliance Deadline Extended

HHS has added a 45-day extension to the deadline for providers receiving payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to accept the terms and conditions for those…

Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distributions Begin

HHS has announced that it has begun distributing $24.5 billion as part of Phase 3 of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, up from the $20 billion…

HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week updated its guidance on Provider Relief Fund grants, removing earlier limits on providers’ ability to use the money…

Curi Webinar Helps Practices Navigate Provider Relief Fund Reporting

Curi today presented a webinar entitled, “Getting It Right: Using and Reporting on Provider Relief Fund Grants.” The session, led by healthcare attorney Robert Shaw of the firm…

HHS Releases Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released details about reporting requirements and auditing for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. HHS has also moved the…

HHS Updates Reporting Requirements for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

In an update to its CARES Act FAQs, HHS has clarified that Provider Relief Fund recipients do not need to submit a quarterly report, although future…

HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

CMS has added new FAQs on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to its program website. The relevant questions concern additional information about the expenses and lost…

WEBINAR: Getting It Right: Using and Reporting on Provider Relief Fund Grants

Click here to download the PDF slide deck.

Provider Funding Support News

The general distribution application portal for the next round of $20 billion in funding from the federal CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is now live.

Who will pay for the vaccine?

This will depend on age, employment, and government-funded programs. According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American…

Response Deadlines for Federal Financial Support Programs Extended

Deadlines have been extended for two federal programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that providers and practices can use for…

CARES Act Makes Changes for Health Plans

The Curi Benefit Solutions team outlines key changes implemented by the act that will affect health plans, including additional resources for practices looking to better understand new and accelerated coverage requirements.

Curi COVID-19 Webinar Series

Curi recently hosted a six-week series of webinars designed to help practices weather the COVID-19 crisis with information and actionable guidance. Every Thursday from April 30th…

WEBINAR: Keeping the Doors Open in a Pandemic: Practice Financing and Relief Funds

Curi’s Senior Vice President of Health Policy, Sam Cohen, and our Senior Vice President of Finance, Ben Remke, discuss how practices facing COVID-based financial hardship can access funds from federal initiatives such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Main Street Lending Program.

IRS Extends Deadline for Forms 5500 Due Before July 15, 2020

Employers should work with their tax advisors to determine if any upcoming tax filing or payment deadlines, including the Form 5500, have been postponed.

What other telehealth resources would be helpful to our practice?

Curi has created the following resources for its member practices: Telehealth: An Overview by Curi Telehealth Informed Consent Forms (English & Spanish) And, here are some…

Deadline Tonight for North Carolina Financial Support Program for Practices

The deadline for North Carolina’s state-funded Financial Recovery Program, which offers financial support to practices experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is midnight on Nov. 30.

Application Period Begins for North Carolina Financial Support Program for Practices

North Carolina’s state-funded Financial Recovery Program, which offers financial support to practices experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now accepting applications.

What are some of the initial business operational steps we should take prior to reopening?

Identify a practice operations manager if you don’t have one. This will be the go-to person for anything related to operations at the practice. Confirm that…

Curi Webinar on Practice Financing Options

Curi’s webinar series continues next Thursday, May 7, with “Keeping the Doors Open in a Pandemic: Practice Financing and Relief Funds.” Curi’s Senior Vice President of…

Paycheck Protection Program Signed Into Law

President Trump earlier today signed into law another interim COVID-19 relief bill, which includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.

Guidance on High Deductible Health Plans During COVID-19

The Curi Benefit Solutions team outlines what employers with HDHPs need to know about their plans as a result of guidance and exceptions created by the CARES Act and FFCRA legislation.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Telehealth Resources

CMS has both evergreen and COVID-19-specific resources that should be helpful for providers and practices as they address the pandemic in their communities.

Federal Small Business Administration Reopens Loan Program for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the EIDL Advance portal. The EIDL offers long-term, low-interest loans to…

Curi Telehealth Webinar Next Week

The third installment in Curi’s COVID-19 webinar series, “Telehealth Pre- and Post-COVID: Regulations, Telepresence, and Finding Success in This New Normal,” will take place next Thursday,…

Curi COVID-19 Webinar Thursday

Curi’s six-week series of webinars designed to help practices weather the COVID-19 crisis continues tomorrow, with Curi’s Sam Cohen and Ben Remke presenting “Keeping the Doors…

Paycheck Protection Program Application Now Available

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the guidelines and application form necessary to apply for and receive loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)…

Curi’s Financial Hardship Offerings for Practices

We have developed three options to support our policyholders with financial hardships associated with COVID-19: temporary practice closing, furloughing providers, and premium relief.

Coverage Requirements for Coronavirus Testing & Provider Reimbursement Rates

Curi Benefit Solutions provides an overview of updated coverage requirements and reimbursement rates as a result of the CARES Act and FFCRA.

How can practices ensure a smooth patient care transition from telehealth visits and provide adequate follow-up regarding diagnostic studies, lab results, and referrals?

For practices that have implemented telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will want to: Update the patient’s medical record with all office visit notes, telephone calls,…

Is it ok to provide releases to patients who state they cannot tolerate a mask?

Yes. If you are the primary provider and the patient has a documented medical condition that makes it difficult to wear a mask, then it would…

Curi’s Guidance on Rent Relief

Rent costs have become a significant burden for practices that are experiencing a loss of revenue during this time. Curi has curated guidance on how to mitigate this challenge and minimize long-term negative financial impact.

What precautions do we need to take if we have providers who want to participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial?

It depends on the type of vaccine. Some live attenuated vaccines could potentially cause post-vaccination shedding of the virus to susceptible persons, requiring extra precautions to…

COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage Targeted by Malicious Cyber Actor

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has announced that it is tracking an unknown actor that is spoofing the Small Business Administration COVID-19 loan…

Curi’s Guidance on Rent Relief 

Click here to see Curi’s guidance for practices considering seeking rent relief in the face of COVID-19-related financial hardships.

North Carolina Provider Guidance

In North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services has released updated guidance for health care providers, including updates on changes in testing recommendations and standards for discontinuing isolation. The department also released a related document with updated outpatient triage and assessment guidance. In addition, the state Health Director has issued an order requiring physicians to report suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections causing death.

CMS to Resume Healthcare Provider Audits August 3

CMS has announced that it will resume Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical review Aug. 3, regardless of the status of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The audits had been…

Understanding the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (‘‘CARES Act’’)

The Curi team summarizes initial takeaways and implications of the act for businesses and individuals in three separate articles.

What steps does our practice need to take to receive/administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available?

Refer to CDC guidance on how to enroll as a healthcare provider and contact your state or local immunization program. States should be sending out notifications…

Should pediatric practices administer the flu vaccine to parents/guardians during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ideally, parents of pediatric patients should receive the flu vaccination from a provider who treats adults. However, immunizing the parent in the pediatric office, especially during…

How will we get back on track for scheduling patients?

Once a scheduling plan is developed, communicate this plan to all scheduling staff. The goal will be to efficiently schedule patients and maximize the provider’s availability….

If a practice wants to continue telehealth sessions after this national emergency has ended, what are the tasks to consider?

Contact your Curi Underwriter or Agent to discuss further with you. Consider where you plan to provide these services as some states may be restricted. Licensure…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients who have autoimmune disorders?  

Yes. Administering the COVID-19 vaccine to patients with autoimmune disorders is safe if there are no known contraindications or allergies to the vaccine. However, patients who…

Will there be liability protection for administering vaccines?

Yes. According to “The PREP Act and COVID-19: Limiting Liability for Medical Countermeasures,” during a public health emergency, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

How should practices communicate with established chronic care patients who require regular maintenance?

Develop a process to identify your established, chronic care patients and assign staff to review the list of patients to flag for necessary follow up. Begin…

Once this national emergency has ended, how should our practice transition out-of-state patients who are currently being seen via telehealth?

Practices should create a procedure for handling these patients with the following recommendations: Determine whether the practice will continue with telehealth following the National Emergency, and…

What liability do practices face for not testing patients who have mild COVID-19 symptoms?

Providers should use their best clinical judgment to prioritize testing, referencing the CDC and local health departments for guidance. Some considerations for prioritizing testing are based…

Regular rent costs have become a significant burden on our practice. Do you have any recommendations for mitigating this challenge?

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many medical practices are struggling with larger outbound cash obligations as they work to preserve their businesses. In particular,…

Are there guidelines to prioritize who gets vaccinated first?

Yes. The CDC has created guidelines for prioritizing vaccines, and each state has submitted a vaccination plan for how they will administer vaccines. Click here to…

Once this national emergency has ended, what are Curi’s recommendations for implementing a compliant telehealth program?

Here are the steps we recommend: Check your specialty association for telehealth resources. For example, The American Academy of Pediatrics has “Getting Started in Telehealth” resource…

Can physicians refuse to see patients who decline to wear a mask?

There are several factors to consider before making a general statement that anyone presenting without a mask will not be seen: First, medical staff should determine…

Practice Financing Updates—Main Street Lending Program & CARES Act Allocations

Larger practices seeking financial support during the health crisis may apply for relief via the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program. In addition, HHS has begun…

What criteria related to telehealth still apply during this national emergency?

While in this expedited phase of telehealth, there are still some steps from a more comprehensive list of requirements that should be followed: Use Curi’s telemedicine…

Updates to FFCRA Employer Decision Tree

Curi partner CAI has updated the decision tree we shared yesterday, with new guidance on employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

FFCRA & CARES Act Employer Decision Tree

Curi partner CAI has produced a decision tree to guide employers through their responsibilities under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

If I have employees who are being tested or have confirmed COVID-19, when can they return to work?

There are two CDC strategies for determining when to allow healthcare personnel (HCP) to return to work (RTW): Symptom-based strategy (preferred) Test-based strategy (only recommended for…

Essential Employee Documentation

Curi has developed a letter template for medical workers in jurisdictions with stay-at-home orders to use as documentation when traveling to and from work.

What are the implications of the federal “CARES” Act/stimulus bill for my practice?

The newly passed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has significant implications for medical practices, including financial support for small businesses and changes…

Does my policy cover me if I need to practice at another location?

Yes. Your Curi medical professional liability policy will cover you for temporary, professional services performed at a different location—e.g., parking lot drive-in clinic, other facility, or…

What other COVID-19 resources do you recommend?

Here are some of the resources and links that we’ve been monitoring: CDC COVID-19 Resource Center Information for Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Case Report Form Phone Advice…

Employer Updates From U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has updated its FAQ guide with details about two issues: who qualifies as a health care provider for issues related to paid sick…

What is the difference between self-monitoring, quarantine, and isolation?

Self-monitoring is for those that may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice…

Curi’s Home Care Instruction Guide

Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 may have the ability to obtain care at home. This document provides clear recommendations to evaluate the appropriateness of home care and guidance for patients on how to properly care for themselves and loved ones.

Implications of New CARES Act Stimulus Bill for Practices

Our Curi Capital team summarizes the act passed on March 27, including key takeaways and implications for small businesses and individuals.

Implications of New CARES Act Stimulus Bill for Practices

The newly passed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has significant implications for medical practices, including financial support for small businesses and changes…

CMS Section 1135 Medicaid Waivers

CMS yesterday approved section 1135 Medicaid waivers for 11 states, including New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. (Florida had a waiver approved on March 16.) These waivers cover issues such as provider enrollment, pre-admission screening and annual assessments for nursing facility residents, the provision of services in alternative (unlicensed) facilities, and prior authorization requirements.

Civil Immunity for North Carolina Healthcare Providers and Entities During Pandemic

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper today signed the “COVID-19 Recovery Act,” which provides immunity to all healthcare providers and healthcare entities providing care to any patient…

CMS Expands Support for Providers With Financial Challenges

CMS has released a fact sheet detailing how providers can quickly access funds through its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. These funds may support practices and other entities…

CMS Extends Repayment Period for Medicare Loans to Providers During COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced new terms for payments issued to providers through the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) program, which provides emergency advance payments in emergency situations.

Changes to Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program Repayment Terms Benefit Providers

Revisions to the repayment provisions of the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program have been included as part of a federal government funding bill signed into law this…

Curi Webinar Provides COVID-Related Legislative and Regulatory Updates

In a new CME-eligible webinar produced by Curi, data privacy and security attorney Richard Sheinis provides an update on new regulations and legislative changes that have arisen as…

FBI Provides Tips for Avoiding Video-Teleconference “Hijacking”

With increasing numbers of providers using video-teleconferencing applications such as Zoom to meet with patients, a recent article from the FBI offers guidance on how to…

If we are providing appropriate PPE, following CDC guidelines, and using infection-control measures, what liability does our organization face as it relates to our staff by keeping our practice open for patients?

The liability comes when not providing what employees need to meet CDC and OSHA guidelines for managing potentially infectious patients. This includes appropriate use of PPE…

Does the vaccine provide longer immunity than being infected with COVID-19?

The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus…

Federal Judge Strikes Down Labor Department’s Rule on Leave for Healthcare Providers

A federal judge last week struck down part of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule limiting paid leave for COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken ruled that…

Is it ok to provide patients with a work notice to not return to work due to a compromised condition or status of their work environment?

We would recommend that you focus attention on patients with a compromised immune issue. Consider using the suggested sample notices linked below or one similar. In…

Will there be a vaccine information statement to give out to patients?

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are required by law for licensed vaccines that are added to the Vaccine Injury Table, as determined by the CDC. Optional VISs…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children?

Currently, the FDA has not approved any COVID-19 vaccinations for use on children. However, the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines have emergency use authorization approval…

Is it ok for pediatric practices to perform COVID-19 testing on their patients’ parents?

Yes, as long as you are limiting to only testing and not providing clinical advice. All providers need to understand if they ever cross over to…

Support, Peer-Coaching, & Counseling

Providers’ behaviors directly impact patient care, safety, and engagement, as well as staff relationships, productivity, efficiency, and workplace satisfaction. Coaching and therapy can help physicians make positive changes in their lives and become more productive. These resources provide coaching and support to help physicians and organizations achieve their goals.

Burnout, Stess, & Resiliency

Burnout is a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment.  The resources give healthcare providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they provide care to patients and their families.

What can I do to mitigate healthcare staffing shortages that have occurred as a result of COVID-19?

CDC has guidance documents on Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages. Healthcare facilities should have documented plans and processes in place to mitigate staffing shortages, including…

Where can I find the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines?

The CDC posts all current information related to COVID-19 and vaccines on their site. Follow this link to learn the latest facts about COVID-19 vaccines. On…

How do I prepare my practice to become a vaccine clinic?

Steps your practice can take in preparation for becoming a vaccination clinic: Be prepared to discuss the vaccine with your patients. The CDC has resources to…

Can we require our employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine? (Both EUA- and FDA-appoved)

Mandatory Vaccines Under EUA Federal agencies have not provided specific guidance on making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory when the vaccine has only been approved subject to an…

Leadership in Support of Physicians and Care Teams

To lead ourselves, our families, practices, and communities through this uncertain time, we need to be vulnerable ourselves. Asking for help is a sign of strength. These resources provide practical strategies in the area of leadership.

HHS Opens CARES Act Payment Attestation Portal  

HHS has released a new website allowing providers who have received payments under the CARES Act to confirm receipt of the funds and agree to the program’s terms and conditions. The portal is available here. 

Our practice hasn’t had a telehealth offering in the past. Is it possible to get something up & running ASAP?

Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights provided notice that during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency,…

What are the new rules on implementing telehealth into practices during this time?

Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provided notice that, during the COVID-19 nationwide public health…

How are other practices doing testing and who should collect the specimen?

One of our family practice physicians shared her COVID-19 Toolkit, which includes testing protocols. It is an individual choice of the practice as to who will…

COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payment Program Repayment Period Begins

The repayment period began last week for the COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payment (CAAP) Program. CAAP, enacted in March 2020, was designed to provide advance funds…

Federal Government Re-Opens Paycheck Protection Program, Issues New Guidance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration this week re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program. The program opened on Jan. 11 for businesses that…

Overview: How do we get back to business?

Curi’s recommendations and comprehensive resources to help practices manage the re-opening process in the midst of the pandemic.

Are we required to make accommodations if our employees refuse to take the vaccine?

Federal mandates do allow for some exemptions to mandatory vaccination policies, such as disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs that may require reasonable accommodations to be…

Overview: How do we get back to business?

Click on the links below to read Curi’s recommendations related to practice reopening. Business Operations What are some of the initial business operational steps we should…

New Law Modifies Elements of Paycheck Protection Program

President Trump on Friday signed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020, which updates provisions of the original law for small businesses. While the law…

What should we do when a patient arrives at our practice?

Once the patient arrives inside your practice facility, the following guidelines should be followed to prevent the spread of illness: Ask staff to stay home if…

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional well-being is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. Use the strategies and resources on this page to manage your own emotional well-being while also caring for patients.

Pennsylvania Civil Immunity Executive Order

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday entered an executive order purporting to “provide civil immunity for healthcare providers” during the COVID-19 declared state of emergency. The extent…

Get Ready to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

We continue to urge practices to be ready to apply for federal Paycheck Protection Program funds likely coming available later this week as part of the evolving second-round…

Freezing Pension (Cash Balance) Accruals to Enhance Financial Flexibility

Employees may be eligible to “freeze” cash balance pension plans to eliminate “normal cost,” which is typically the largest component of a plan’s required contribution.

What liability does our organization face as it relates to our staff by keeping our practice open for patients during this time?

The liability comes if you are not providing employees with what they need to safely provide care while following CDC and OSHA guidelines for managing potentially…

CMS Temporary Regulatory Waivers

CMS yesterday issued a number of temporary regulatory waivers to provide hospitals and other health care providers with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 health emergency. The changes cover…

Does my policy cover telehealth?

Yes. Curi’s medical professional liability policy will cover telehealth visits for insured physicians during this declared National Emergency—extending, without conditions, for the later of either sixty…

Should we leave COVID-19 testing to the hospitals and health departments?

This is a business decision, but the better practices are equipped to handle these cases and manage their own patients, the better for everyone. The health…

Does my policy cover additional staff to assist with the crisis?

Yes. Curi will provide coverage if you intend to add additional, temporary physicians and healthcare providers to address patient surges during this emergency. This includes currently…

Curi Capital’s Financial Support Services

Our financial advisory affiliate is offering support services to all Curi members during this time of need at no additional charge.

Can we offer telehealth services in states where our physicians aren’t licensed?

Curi’s medical professional liability policy will cover telehealth visits for insured physicians during this declared National Emergency—extending, without conditions, for the later of either sixty (60)…

Does my policy with Curi cover telehealth?

Curi’s medical professional liability policy will cover telehealth visits for insured physicians during this declared National Emergency—extending, without conditions, for the later of either sixty (60)…

CDC and FDA Recommend Pausing Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

In a joint statement released Tuesday, the CDC and FDA recommended pausing delivery of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine while those agencies review data about a small number…

Is it safe to administer to pregnant patients/employees?

Currently, there is limited data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant individuals. The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have…

Where do we report adverse events related to the vaccine?

Healthcare providers are required by law to report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): Any adverse event listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccinationthat occurs…

What should we do if we have a patient who does not show for the second injection of the vaccine?

While most advanced vaccine candidates require two shots, not all will necessarily need two. Currently at this time, the first two COVID-19 vaccines submitted to FDA…

Study on COVID-19 Effect on Clinician Mental and Physical Health Seeks Participants

A research study on the long-term impact of COVID-19 on providers’ mental and physical health is looking for enrollees. Providers can click here to sign up.

HR|Experts Webinar Addresses FFCRA Leave Rule Updates

A newly available webinar from Curi’s on-call human resources consultant, Dee Brown, addresses the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent changes to who qualifies for emergency paid sick leave…

Department of Labor Updates COVID-19 FFCRA Leave Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor last Friday issued a new temporary rule updating who qualifies for emergency paid sick leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response…

Pennsylvania Bill Seeks Liability Protections for Physicians Treating COVID-19 Patients

A bill in the Pennsylvania legislature would protect healthcare providers from liability while treating or providing testing to COVID-19 patients (absent gross negligence, recklessness, or misconduct)….

What should we tell patients who say that masks cause problems such as lack of oxygen or too much carbon dioxide?

Prolonged wearing of face masks by healthy individuals have not been shown to cause increase in carbon dioxide or lack of oxygen according to information provided…

Georgia Governor Signs Bill With Healthcare Liability Protections

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday signed into law a bill that includes civil liability protections for healthcare providers. The new law, which is in effect throughout…

How can practices ensure proper maintenance of the EMR and timely chart documentation during this reopening period?

Verify updates to the system are current. Ensure proper system back-ups are occurring, at a minimum, on a daily basis. Develop a process to chronicle all…

What steps should be in place for patient arrival in order to prepare for the reopening of the practice?

Consider establishing Non-COVID Care (NCC) zones to screen all patients for symptoms of COVID-19, including temperature checks. Require patients to complete Pre-screening COVID-19 Tool. Routinely screen…

How do we conduct a drive-thru flu clinic?

The start of the new flu season poses an increased risk to the health of your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, it is important…

Virginia Governor Signs Civil Immunity Executive Order

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday entered an executive order clarifying existing state law that healthcare providers and practices responding to a stated public health emergency—including COVID-19—are immune…

Member Resources From Carriers

Various resources available from the largest health insurance carriers Curi Benefits Solutions represents.

New Jersey Civil Immunity Executive Order

New Jersey’s governor yesterday issued an executive order granting immunity from civil suits to clinicians providing healthcare services in support of the COVID-19 response during the…

Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Curi’s Health Strategy & Well-Being lead has curated resources to help physicians and their practices cope with the anxiety and stress stemming from the pandemic.

What are the practice’s responsibilities if we find out a patient or employee tested positive?

If an employee (including physicians) or patient tests positive for COVID-19, you need to first determine the level of exposure. Potential exposure occurs two days prior…

What do I need to know about reimbursement for telehealth at this time?

CMS has announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel…

Protections for Medical Volunteers in CARES Act

One provision of the CARES Act provides limited liability protection for doctors who volunteer across state lines during the pandemic—offering a boost for efforts to put providers where…

Do you have recommended language that we could use in patient medical records when cancelling elective procedures?

Here’s our recommended context and language for patient medical records: “On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) viral disease to…

We have locked up our extra supplies (including hand sanitizer and PPE) as patients have been taking them. Is this an acceptable practice?

This is an acceptable practice, provided you are keeping hand sanitizer and masks available for those who need them—including patients who screen positive for COVID-19 and…

Accelerated Coverage for COVID-19 Preventive Services and Vaccines

Curi Benefit Solutions provides a summary of preventive health services that non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issues should cover during this time without cost-sharing requirements, as per the ACA.

Tax-Free Coverage for OTC Drugs and Menstrual Products

Curi Benefit Solutions summarizes discretionary changes for employers that sponsors health FSAs and HRA related to these two areas, as a result of the CARES Act.

What are the technical infrastructure requirements of telehealth?

Telehealth is a valuable tool. Technical infrastructure requirements will vary depending on what type of telehealth services your organization plans to offer, but nearly all telehealth programs require:…

COBRA Subsidies for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Included in New COVID-19 Stimulus Law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law by President Biden on March 11, includes a provision that subsidizes 100% of employer-sponsored group health insurance…

CMS Relaxes MIPS Penalties Due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week announced that it will hold providers eligible for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) harmless…

Small Business Administration Modifies Paycheck Protection Program Application Process

The U.S. Small Business Administration this week updated several elements of the application process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, including establishing a 14-day, exclusive application period for…

Curi Webinar to Address Health Equity

Curi will host a webinar tomorrow from noon–1:00 p.m. ET titled “How Addressing Racial Health Disparities Can Help Providers Improve Care Delivery.” Presented by Prof. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha of…

HHS Announces Modified Enforcement of HIPAA Violations Related to Online Scheduling Applications for COVID Vaccination Appointments

The HHS Office for Civil Rights last week announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and not penalize healthcare providers or their business associates for…

Curi Updates Quarantine Resources

The CDC posted new guidelines on December 2, 2020, that provide an option to shorten the 14-day quarantine period if certain criteria are met. Please note, these guidelines…

If I have an employee who has had unprotected exposure to a positive COVID patient, do they have to quarantine for 14 days?

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as…

HHS Amends PREP Act to Support Practices’ Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week updated the PREP Act to include more measures to help healthcare providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including those using telehealth to treat patients.

What are the benefits and risks of the vaccine?

The benefits and risks will vary by vaccine. Some general benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine include: It will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Based…

When will the vaccine be available?

The FDA is the regulatory authority responsible for oversight of the safety, effectiveness, and quality of vaccines used in the U.S., and they have been working…

Deadline for North Carolina Independent Practices to Order Free PPE This Sunday 

Independent practices in North Carolina have until this Sunday, Nov. 15, to order free personal protective equipment provided by the North Carolina Medical Society.

Federal Government Issues Cybersecurity Alert 

Three federal agencies yesterday issued an alert about an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to healthcare providers and hospitals—an issue of greater risk than ever with increased use of telehealth and remote work during the COVID-19 health emergency.

HHS Delays Enforcement of Parts of Interoperability Rule

Citing the need for healthcare organizations to focus on responding to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced that it is delaying enforcement of certain elements of the interoperability rules in the 21st Century Cures Act.

Curi Updates Drive-Through Flu Clinic FAQs to Include Workflow for Offering Shots

Curi has added Avance Care’s COVID-19 Toolkit for Independent Primary Care Providers, which includes workflow processes for curbside flu shots, to our FAQs about drive-through flu clinics.

Can we offer a drive-through flu clinic to administer flu shots?

Yes, you can offer a drive-through clinic; however, you need to follow the same process as your in-office vaccine administration inclusive of:  Verification of patient identity…

Documentation and Coding Updates

The American Medical Association has published new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that deal with COVID-19. One is related to performing safety protocols, and another pertains to laboratory…

North Carolina Job Retention Grant Program Application Deadline Next Week

North Carolina practices have until next Tuesday, Sept. 1, to apply for funds through the state’s Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program, which offers up to $250,000…

Curi Outlines Guidance for Reengaging With Patients

Curi has provided new guidance for keeping patients engaged and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about how to stay connected with patients…

How can we reengage with patients?

Implementing a clear strategy to stay connected with patients in the midst of the pandemic will benefit both your patients as well as your practice.

HHS Announces “Telemedicine Hack”

HHS is offering a free 10-week series, eligible for CME and CEU, designed to help providers develop the knowledge and skills to implement telehealth in their…

Federal Government Releases PPP Loan Data

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) yesterday released data about recipients of loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). For businesses receiving $150,000 or more in PPP funds, SBA…

Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline Extended

President Trump on Saturday signed a new law extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until Aug. 8. The application deadline was originally June 30.

Medical Societies Help Practices Identify New Sources of Personal Protective Equipment

The Medical Society of Northern Virginia has announced a partnership with Vulcan PPE to help its physician practices acquire necessary personal protective equipment. MSNVA member (and…

Small Business Administration Announces Increased Disclosure About Paycheck Protection Program Recipients

The U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday announced that it will publish details about recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. SBA will disclose business names,…

HHS OCR Clarifies That Practices May Contact Former COVID-19 Patients for Antibody Donation Under HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HHS Office of Civil Rights today issued guidance making clear that providers are permitted under the HIPAA Privacy Rule to contact their patients who have…

Connection & Social Isolation

When we feel connected, our stress levels are lower, our health is better, and we’re more engaged in our work. We’re better able to serve our passion for helping people and are less likely to feel burned out. Supportive relationships matter. These resources outline how the role of social connectedness plays in combating burnout among medical professionals. 

Online Series on Coping With the Stresses of COVID-19

Curi partner VITAL WorkLife is offering a series of physician-led, interactive online sessions aimed at helping providers cope with the stresses of the pandemic. To learn more about…

Is there anything specific a practice needs to do if they allow students to join their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First, the practice should have each such student who is serving during the pandemic to sign the equivalent of a COVID-19 consent form, which can be…

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application Available

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released an application that recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds can use to seek forgiveness for those loans. The…

Georgia Executive Order Leaves Questions About Civil Immunity for Private Practice Physicians During the Pandemic

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday issued a broad-reaching executive order purporting to expand the definition of which healthcare providers are engaged in emergency management activity and…

HHS OCR Issues Reminder About Media and Protected Health Information

The HHS Office of Civil Rights yesterday issued guidance for covered health providers reminding them that, even during the COVID-19 public health emergency, they are still…

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve yesterday provided new information about the Main Street Lending Program, which is designed to target midsize businesses too large to qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program…

New CMS Waivers and Rules

CMS yesterday announced a number of new regulatory waivers and rule changes to provide flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions include changes making it easier for beneficiaries…

Responses Requested for Survey of North Carolina Practices

Curi, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association have developed a weekly COVID-19 survey of medical practices in North Carolina.

Preparing for Second Round of Federal Paycheck Protection Program  

With Congress in the final stages of negotiating a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds to help small businesses, we urge practices to be ready to…

NIH Develops Treatment Guidelines

An expert panel of physicians, statisticians, and others convened by the National Institutes of Health has developed COVID-19 treatment guidelines for healthcare providers. The guidelines, which will evolve as more…

Emerging Guidelines for Resuming Care

As the medical community looks ahead to when pandemic restrictions begin to lift, government entities and other organizations are starting to offer recommendations for how to…

New Well-Being Webinar with Dr. Bowen White

Bowen White, MD, a doctor and expert on physician well-being, has recorded a new webinar for Curi on “Self-Care in Time of Pandemic.” In the recording, Dr. White provides…

WEBINAR: Self-Care in a Time of Pandemic

Join Bowen White, MD as he provides tools on how healthcare professionals can cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and manage their own self-care.

Virginia Law Protects Physicians Seeking Mental Health Support  

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a new law with implications for physicians managing stress and burnout during the COVID-19 health crisis. Under SB 120, physicians and other healthcare…

Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis—A New Series

Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay, is kicking off a new content series to provide guidance on how healthcare professionals can manage stress and…

Should we respond differently to staff who have compromised immune issues?

Employees who are immunosuppressed are at greater risk and fall into the high-risk category. It is important to put safeguards in place with any high-risk employees….

What should I do if I have an employee report that he/she is sick with respiratory symptoms?

Follow CDC guidelines for managing employees who are sick. Decisions should be coordinated with your local health department, depending on the circumstances and how likely the…

Will Curi allow physicians and APPs to drop down to part-time status during this time?

Curi will allow for part-time discounts immediately for physicians who qualify. Additionally, the minimum required time to be working part-time has been amended to 30 days,…

HR Implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Curi partner and HR consulting organization CAI provides resources for understanding the act and how it will impact businesses and their staff.

Well-Being Resources

Click here to access Curi’s guidance for providers looking for ways to manage their well-being during the stress of the COVID-19 crisis.

How can I effectively communicate safety policies for my practice?

Curi has developed two flyers to provide clear instructions for patient and visitor safety for the practice website and in-office posting.  

Where can I find guidance about suspected COVID-19 triage, assessment, and testing?

Curi has developed a Patient Workflow Chart and Patient Test Screening Tool for use throughout your practice as it relates to COVID-19. The CDC also has many resources to provide guidance on…

What are the risks and concerns we need to keep in mind if we transition to “emergency-only” appointments?

Be sure your providers are involved in the decision and the process for triaging which patient visits can be canceled and postponed to a later date…

What other state-specific COVID-19 resources do you recommend?

Here are some of the resources and links that we’ve been monitoring: Delaware Coronavirus Resource Page Florida COVID-19 Toolkit Screening Tool PPE Instruction Checklist PPE Instructor…

Is our current position (P&P) correct?

Example policy and procedure: “All staff and providers are to adhere to our current PPE and Infection control requirements. Everyone should be diligent about handwashing and…

How should we handle patients who are concerned they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 by someone in our practice?

Call the patient and have them relay their concerns. Respond to their voiced concerns in a reassuring way, without divulging names or any confidential information. Share…

Are there any concerns practices need to be aware of related to testing patients for COVID-19?

Yes, patients need to understand what COVID-19 testing is for and what to do if they test positive. Here are some steps practices can follow: Ask…

Special Coding Advice From AMA

The AMA offers guidance on applying the optimal coding practices during the COVID-19 crisis.

NC DHHS Guidance Around Discontinuation of Home Isolation, Patient Triage & Assessment, and Persons Under Investigation

NC DHHS has developed recommendations for practices managing patients in these key scenarios.

Are there any preventative treatments for COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

Who needs personal protective equipment (PPE)?

As communities across the U.S. take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how…

Will tail coverage be affected by retired physicians returning to work during the emergency?

No. If you were a previous policyholder who retired and plan to come back to work to help during this National Emergency, you can rest assured…

Curi’s Financial Hardship Offerings

Curi has three options to support our insureds with financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the new requirements on prescribing controlled substances through telehealth?

Due to COVID-19, a nationwide public health emergency was declared on Jan. 31. As such, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has relaxed rules previously in place…

Is there additional language that I should include in my medical record documentation when offering care by telehealth during this time?

We (and a cross section of our outside defense counsel) strongly recommend practices incorporate the following language into any applicable notes by copy and paste: “On…

Quality Payment Program Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday announced relaxed reporting requirements for the Quality Payment Program. The measure, which aims to support providers and practices struggling to fight COVID-19, extends the deadline for measure reporting and data submission.

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