Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Hawaii Medical Association is working closely with the Hawaii Department of Health and other relevant partners within the state to ensure that the physician community of Hawaii is well informed and have the resources necessary to provide quality care to patients during the developing COVID-19 outbreak. HMA and DOH will continue to keep the physician community, as well as Hawaii health community educated and informed on efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
What You Should Know about COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way for patients to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The CDC recommends every day preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Handbook of COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention
Hawaii COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Task Force
Our purpose is to unite all healthcare providers in Hawai’i in the fight against COVID-19.Fill in your information to join us & sign our petitions to the State of Hawai’i.Doctors, Nurses, Scientists, Administrators – All Hawai’i healthcare providers are welcome to contribute.
Click here to sign the petition.
TMA’s COVID-19 Risk Chart
Stay Up To Date
Guidance is rapidly changing as new evidence arises. Please ensure you check the CDC website (link is external) for the most up to date information.
- What’s in the stimulus package: Provisions of Interest to physician practices
- COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) resource center for physicians
- Physician’s Resource Guide to COVID-19
- COVID-19 FAQ
- CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary
- Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19 On March 22, CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. The action comes as part of the Trump Administration’s response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- CMS is implementing additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming measure reporting and data submission deadlines for several CMS programs. For those programs with data submission deadlines in April and May 2020, submission of those data will be optional, based on the facility’s choice to report.
- CMS recognizes that quality measure data collection and reporting for services furnished during this time period may not be reflective of their true level of performance on measures such as cost, readmissions, and patient experience during this time of emergency and seeks to hold organizations harmless for not submitting data during this period.
- CMS will continue monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation and assess options to provide additional relief to clinicians, facilities, and their staff so they can focus on caring for patients.
- COVID-19 Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs
On March 22, CMS released Frequently Asked Questions on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief related to COVID-19, including the toll-free hotlines available to provide expedited enrollment and answer questions related to COVID-19 enrollment requirements.
- CMS Recommends Limiting All Non-Essential Planned Surgeries And Procedures In The Wake Of Covid-19
- Partner Toolkit
California Medical Association (CMA)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Sen. Brian Schatz Supporting Small Businesses
- COVID Liability Exemption
- SBA Loanswww.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. This new loan program, offered with the support from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Hawaii banks will be working with the SBA to support the small business community with loans to cover payroll, benefits and other operating expenses under this program.
Central Pacific Bank: Benefit from lower payments and longer terms, guaranteed by the U.S. Government. Central Pacific Bank is a preferred Small Business Administration (SBA) lender. This enables us to obtain fast approval so you can get your business opened and on the road to success. We can also help you with government loan programs for which you may qualify. Click Here for more information
Bank of Hawaii: A SBA loan may be the right choice for your small business. They are guaranteed by the Federal government and designed to provide longer-term financing—so if you need longer repayment terms or other considerations, no problem. At Bank of Hawaii, we love helping your small business succeed. Talk to us to see if you qualify. Click Here for more information.
American Savings Bank: We’re committed to helping small businesses! There’s nothing small about running and financing a small business – and there’s nothing small about American Savings Bank’s commitment to business owners. We’re proud to be recognized as one of the leading originators of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in Hawaii1, and we’re ready to help you start or purchase a business. If you’re already a business owner, we can help you purchase equipment, upgrade your facilities, or expand your reach. Click Here for more information.
First Hawaiian Bank: The Small Business Administration provides financing options if you’re starting a new business or growing an existing one. SBA loans are guaranteed by the Federal Government and provide business owners with flexible repayment options. First Hawaiian Bank has been helping small businesses like yours grow and prosper for 150 years. As an SBA Preferred Lender, we will commit to working with you to obtain the necessary financing to build the business of your dreams. Click Here for more information.
Infection Control and PPE
- Guidance for Face Mask / Respirator Extended Use and Re-Use
- COVID-19 Infection Control (link is external)
- Guidance and Resources on Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment(link is external)
- Donning and Doffing PPE
- AAFP COVID-19(link is external)
- AMA COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians(link is external)
- ACP Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for Internists(link is external)
- EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
- Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency(link is external)
- Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet(link is external)
- CMS Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 and Your Business
- MSVIA COVID-19 and Businesses
- Time for Employer Action: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act(link is external)
- Medicaid Memo: Provider Flexibilities Related to COVID-19
- CARES Act (Hawaii Department of Health)
Education for Clinicians
- Lessons Learned: COVID-19 (Evergreen Health)
- CDC Webinar: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United State(link is external)
- Project ECHO COVID-19 Updates and Consultation(link is external)
- COVID-19 in the Ambulatory Care Setting: A Practical Guide for the Multidisciplinary Team
Resources for Patients
- Patient Posters, Handouts, and Fact Sheets(link is external)
- CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Video: What is Social Distancing?(link is external)
- Video: Surgeon General Message to Millennials