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Welcome to the LAFP Physician Resource Center for COVID-19. Below, you will find resources aimed at helping you navigate the healthcare landscape during the COVID-19 response in Louisiana.  Our efforts will be aimed at providing physicians with a consolidated source for information being released through federal and state authorities and regulatory agencies.  We will furthermore offer information through email that we are not seeing communicated elsewhere. We do not intend to provide duplicative information unless it appears that there is a specific need or we are requested to do so by authorities.
 
Please know that LAFP stands behind you and will continue to work on your behalf to facilitate our members needs allowing you to better care for your patients. Thank you for continuing to be on the front line as the world navigates new, uncharted waters in health care.
 
This page contains federal & state resources and information that may be useful to you during the COVID-19 health emergency. Due to rapidly changing laws & guidelines and to ensure you have the most correct & current information, please check originating sources for updates as content could become outdated or obsolete at any time.


Federal Responses to COVID-19

Sen. Cassidy is providing physicians in Louisiana with a comprehensive, printable document that contains information specific to you on a number of topics.

Federal Stimulus Package Passes House
March 27, 2020: Congress passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans struggling economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business closures. Of particular interest to our members, included in the package is a new $350 billion SBA loan program for small businesses. Its aim is to maintain employment levels as the economy recovers from the unprecedented measures taken in response to COVID-19. View important details and the full CARES Act.


Louisiana Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Webpage

April 20, 2020: A Plan to Reopen Louisiana Healthcare on April 27, 2020 - Medical and Surgical Procedures

On April 20, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) issued Notice #2020-COVID 19-ALL-010 (linked below), allowing physicians to reopen their offices for non-emergent care and allowing patients to have postponed elective medical procedures and surgeries.

Effective, Monday, April 27, 2020, medical and surgical procedures are allowed to treat emergency medical conditions, to avoid further harms from underlying condition or disease, and to treat time-sensitive medical conditions, provided that the facility/provider ensure that certain conditions are met. Such as, pre-operative clinical evaluations to minimize the risk that the patient has COVID-19 and comprehensive follow-up evaluations. The order establishes processes for these visits and mandates use of the CMS guidelines released April 19, 2020 (linked below).
 
Click here to read Notice #2020-COVID 19-ALL-010 from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Click here to read the CMS Guidelines.

Medicaid

The below advisory is to inform all providers rendering services to Louisiana Medicaid members, including members of all Healthy Louisiana managed care organizations (MCOs). This information will be updated as new information is available.

Notices:

Questions about Coronavirus? If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.
Stressed about COVID-19? If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services. Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7. Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.


State of Louisiana


Louisiana State Board Of Medical Examiners (LSBME)

Please see the highlighted excerpted law/rules applicable to the following Board licensees where the Governor has declared a Public Health Emergency (see https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/ExecutiveOrders/25-JBE-2020-Public-Health-Emergency-COVID-19.pdf):

Emergency Temporary Permit Application - This is ONLY for licensed out-of-state medical professionals seeking a temporary, voluntary license for an emergency event in the state of Louisiana. To access the list of APPROVED Emergency Temp Permits click HERE.


Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) - click here

Emergency Rule 36

Patient Protections and Related Health Care Services Regarding Health Insurance Matters Affecting Insureds in Louisiana Caused by the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Telemedicine

The below advisory is to inform all providers rendering services to Louisiana Medicaid members, including members of all Healthy Louisiana managed care organizations (MCOs). This information will be updated as new information is available.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHC)

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

United Healthcare

Humana


CDC Resources

Clinical Management Resources

Preparedness Resources

Patient Education and Communication Resources


American Academy of Family Physicians


Additional News and Information

American Medical Association (AMA): A Physician's Guide to COVID-19

Topics Include: Prepare your practice or health system for COVID-19, How to protect yourself from infection, Diagnosing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, What to do if you have been exposed to patients with COVID-19, How to communicate with patients, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage information.

Drug Enforcement Administration: COVID-19 Information Page

Topics Include: National Drug Supply, Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), Telemedicine, Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), Federal Links, and State Links.

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Topics Include: Gubernatorial Proclamations, Board Guidance Documents, Questions Already Answered, and Additional Resources.

Topics Include: LHA Alerts, LHA Guidance, CDC & CMS Guidance for Healthcare Facilities, Toolkits and Resources for Healthcare Facilities, State Hospital Emergency Plans, Bed Polling, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Laboratory Information, Louisiana Medicaid Updates, Patient Privacy Resources, Coverage and Payment Guidance from CMS, and ICD-10 Coding.

Physician Office Preparedness Checklist


This checklist includes:
  • Universal preparation tips
  • Triage and patient flow
  • Referral/transfer of patients
  • Waste disposal
  • Equipment and supplies

COVID-19 Member Community


Have quick peer-to-peer conversations to help you prepare your office and provide patient care during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
You can also follow important CDC updates here.

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