COVID-19 Resources

ISDH provider hotline (open 24/7): (877) 826-0011 (Healthcare Providers: Press 2)
ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center: (317) 233-7125, or after hours, call (317) 233-1325

 
 
   
PPE now available through local health departments

ISDH has begun distributing a recent large delivery of PPE, including N95s, surgical masks and face shields, through local health departments.
Learn more >>

Note: ISDH has clarified what N95 masks are approved and which are are not approved >>

 
       
 
    COVID-19 Business Impact Report
The ISMA COVID-19 Business Impact Report is based on a survey completed by ISMA members in partnership with the Indiana Medical Group Management Association (IMGMA).
See the full Report >>

 
       
              

We want to hear from you!
Contact ISMA with any questions, suggestions or input on what you feel physicians need to fight the pandemic.
COVID-19 ISMA Member Input Tool >>

  
ISMA is here to keep you informed. To ensure Indiana physicians have access to relevant and up-to-date information on COVID-19, ISMA is sharing resources and guidelines from the most credible sources. Members also will receive a weekly e-mail update from ISMA about COVID-19.

ISMA will continually update this page in consultation with Ripley County Health Officer David Welsh, MD, who is also a member of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health and an ISMA past president.

ISMA webinars
The following on-demand webinars on COVID-19 topics are available at no charge on the ISMA Online mobile app; download the app here >> 
Upcoming live COVID-19 webinars will be listed here >> 

April 24: Replenished Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Everything You Need to Know (Shepherd Financial, Lewis Kappes, Somerset CPAs and Advisors)

April 24: COVID-19 and Health Care Businesses: Managing Staffing Reductions and Planning for Reopening (Krieg DeVault LLP; CME offered)

April 17: COVID-19 Aid: FFCRA and CARES Act for Health Care Businesses (Krieg DeVault LLP; CME offered) 

April 15: Billing and Coding for Telehealth Under COVID-19 Part 2 (Carol Hoppe; CME offered) 

April 8: Billing and Coding for Telehealth Under COVID-19 Part 1 (Carol Hoppe; CME offered) 

March 31: Telemedicine: The New Frontier During COVID-19 (Krieg DeVault LLP; CME offered)
 
ISDH COVID-19 weekly provider webinars

NOTE: May 29 webinar is canceled

ISDH hosts a video webinar for physicians and health care providers every Friday at Noon ET, presented by ISDH Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver, MD, FACEP and guests.

Overview/Instructions

Live (Fridays at Noon ET)

Archived Webcasts

Doctor Your Spirit - Physician Wellness Resources

Physician Support Line - This free telephone peer counseling service,
cofounded by Ben Pu Cheng, MD, of Muncie, is staffed by more than 400 volunteer
psychiatrists seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight EDT.

Greater Good – 6 daily questions to ask yourself in quarantine
NAM – Resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians
Physicians Practice – Coping with the psychological impact of COVID-19
Providers Clinical Support System – Taking care of the compassionate care team
Team Care Connections – Conversations about Moral Distress and Moral Injury
VitalTalk – COVID-Ready Communication Playbook
Mindfulness: Calm is not separate from the storm


 
              


ISMA WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATES


May 22, 2020
ISDH reminds health care workers to wear masks; legislature to study state's response more >>

May 15, 2020
Sign up for critical alerts; PPE available to practices; new testing sites more >>

May 14, 2020
ISDH has begun distributing a recent large delivery of PPE, including N95s, surgical masks and face shields, through local health departmentsmore >>

May 8, 2020
Sign up for N95 decontamination; relief funds deadline extended; new testing sites more >>

May 1, 2020
Guidance for resuming practice; audio telehealth payments get boost; new provider relief funds more >>

April 24, 2020
Elective procedures resume 11:59 p.m. Sunday 
more >>

April 17, 2020 
Business survey results; relief funds on the way;
billing, coding update more >>

April 9, 2020
Physician business efforts; medical supplies
and workers needed more >>

April 3, 2020
Telehealth payment parity, SBA loans,
CMS rule changes more >>

March 27, 2020
Congress passes financial relief for physicians,
medical practices more >>

March 20, 2020
ISMA is here to keep you informed more >>

March 6, 2020
First COVID-19 case announced in Indiana more >>


  

DAILY UPDATES

May 20, 2020

IHCP Bulletin: Summary of recently released COVID-19-related codes (IHCP)

Kids with suspected MIS-C need immediate attention, doctors say (CNN)

May 18, 2020

ISDH clarifies the difference between approved and unapproved N95 masks (ISDH)

Clinician Call: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (CDC)

Patient fears push rapid evolution at small family practice (AMA)

Use this patient screening script when reopening your practice (AMA)

Rural Test and Trace Toolkit (Vashon, WA)

Reporting of Multisystem inflammatory Syndrome in Children (ISDH)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with COVID-19 (ISDH)

May 14, 2020

7 starter steps to reopen your practice, address patient anxiety (AMA)

May 7, 2020

HHS extends Terms and Conditions deadline for Provider Relief Funds payments (AMA)

May 5, 2020

Updated Serology (Antibody Testing) Q and A (ISDH)

May 3, 2020

Reduced Patient Volumes from COVID-19 Strain Medical Practices (ISMA)

April 22, 2020

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should be tested, state health commissioner says (Indy Star)

April 21, 2020

Indiana Allows Physicians to Resume Some Elective Procedures (ISMA)

April 20, 2020

Reporting Cases of COVID-19 in NBS (ISDH)

April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Resident and Fellow Physicians (AMA)

April 14, 2020

How telemedicine is working for 3 private practice physicians (AMA)

April 9, 2020

Indiana State Medical Association Supports COVID-19 ‘Hazard Pay’ for Health Care Workers (ISMA)

April 7, 2020

COVID-19: Potential implications for individuals with substance use disorders (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Links to AMA coding resources for COVID (AMA)

Well-being staff resources during COVID-19 (ISMA)

Medical students: How to keep learning as COVID-19 volunteers (AMA)

April 6, 2020

More insurers needed to cover telehealth ‘house calls’ for older and low-income Hoosiers (ISMA)

Guidance Concerning Liability for Healthcare Providers and Facilities (ISDH)

April 2, 2020

Expert advice for ethical decision making (AMA)

April 1, 2020

How to keep your physician practice going during COVID-19 pandemic (AMA)

COVID-19 and elective surgeries: 4 essential answers for your patients (AMA)

6 keys for retired doctors considering COVID-19 return to practice (AMA)

March 31, 2020

CMS Issues Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

URGENT: Hospitals Need Your Unused Testing Supplies!

More Than 5,000 Surgery Centers Can Now Serve As Makeshift Hospitals During COVID-19 Crisis

March 30, 2020

CMS Expands Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program News Release, Fact Sheet (CMS)

Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws, HIPAA Flexibilities That Apply During the COVID-19 Emergency (U.S. Office of Civil Rights)

Summary of Selected Provisions in the CARES Act (AMA)

Talking points for physicians to communicate with honesty, empathy, and compassion  (VitalCheck)

Tools and Resources for Public Health Physicians (AMA)

Indiana PLA and APA Recommendation on Use of Hydroxychloroquine Chloroquine and Azithromycin for COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Senate OKs relief for physicians, medical practices (AMA)

What to do when COVID-19 enters your physician practice (AMA)

AMA, APA, ASHP issue joint statement on COVID-19 medications

March 25, 2020

Caring for School Age Children of Essential Workers

AMA Releases Special Coding Advice Related to COVID-19 (AMA)

CMS Publishes FAQs and Guidance on Grace Periods, Telehealth for Private Coverage, and Prescription Drugs (CMS)

March 24, 2020

Template for letter to at-risk patients about Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order (Word document) (PDF) (ISDH)

March 23, 2020

Fraudsters target Medicare beneficiaries (HHS)

First emergency-use authorization issued for point of care diagnostic  (FDA)

CMS announces relief for clinicians, hospital and facilities participating in Quality Reporting Programs in response to COVID-19 (CMS)

ISMA signs on to AMA letter urging Congress to aid struggling physician practices (AMA)

Instructions for Indianapolis health care workers to receive drive-through testing at Lilly headquarters

March 18, 2020

How JAMA Network quickened pace to deliver critical COVID-19 info (AMA)

March 17, 2020

Gov. Holcomb orders all hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to postpone or cancel elective and non-urgent surgical procedures (State of Indiana)

COVID-19 guidance for health care workers (ISDH)

What health care personnel should know about caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 (CDC)

HHS won’t impose HIPAA penalties on physicians for good faith use of telehealth during COVID-19 outbreak (HHS)

CMS Outlines Expanded Benefits, New Flexibility for People with Medicare

Fact Sheet
FAQs

Intensive care management for COVID-19 patients 
(ISDH)

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exams scheduled for spring 2020 have been cancelled (ABIM)

March 16, 2020

Indiana to offer Psychological First Aid training in response to COVID-19 epidemic (FSSA)

State to allow opioid treatment programs the use of lockboxes; provide naloxone to help reduce spread of COVID-19 (FSSA) 

March 14, 2020

Physician Updates: Steps to Take Now – March 14, 2020 (ISDH) 

ISDH Testing Guidelines – March 14, 2020 (ISDH) 

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Provider Webcast – March 13, 2020 (ISDH) requires Internet Explorer

IHCP to cover COVID-19 testing without co-pays for members (IHCP)

Updated Information on the COVID-19 Response (ISDH)

COVID-19 Strategies for Optimizing PPE and RE-USE (ISDH)

Indiana State Department of Health Testing Algorithm (ISDH)

March 12, 2020

How to talk with patients about COVID-19 (Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIAID; podcast and transcript) (NEJM)

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Self-Monitor and Practice Social Distancing Infographic (PDF) (ISDH)

Coronavirus – Preparing for the Spread of COVID-19 Infographic (PDF) (ISDH)

Guidance for Providers on School Closings (PDF) (ISDH)

CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers (CMS)

State Health Department Reports Increase in COVID-19 Cases (ISDH)

March 6, 2020

COVID-19 Provider Webcast – March 6, 2020 (ISDH) requires Internet Explorer

Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19 (CDC)

March 5, 2020

What clinicians need to know to prepare for COVID-19 in the United States (CDC)

Laboratory Testing Algorithm for Patients with Suspect 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) (ISDH)

Updated PUI Guidance for COVID-19 (PDF) (ISDH) 

Provider Checklist - Guidance for Clinicians: Evaluating and Managing Patients with Suspected Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) (ISDH)

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

COVID-19 Information for public facilities and organizations (PDF) (ISDH)

COVID-19: 6 key points physicians should share with patients 
(AMA)

Doctors: Here’s what to do if you’re exposed to COVID-19
(AMA)

CMS announces actions to address spread of Coronavirus 
(CMS)

Mapping COVID-19 
(Johns Hopkins interactive tracker)