COVID-19 Resources

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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.

Guidance for clinicians: Evaluating and managing patients with suspected novel coronavirus (ISDH)

This includes a checklist for health care professionals to minimize potential exposure, identify suspected cases, institute appropriate infection prevention measures, report suspected COVID-19 cases to public health and infection control, collect appropriate specimens (if authorized) and continue appropriate medical management to the patient.

In addition, be sure to sign up for updates from ISDH, visit the ISDH web page on COVID-19 and register to receive emailed updates. The public also is welcome to call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125, or after hours, call 317-233-1325.

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.


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

Intensive care management for COVID-19 patients 

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 

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

CMS announces actions to address spread of Coronavirus 

Mapping COVID-19 
(Johns Hopkins interactive tracker)