COVID-19

University of Washington COVID-19 Resources At Your Fingertips

University of Washington School of Medicine has compiled valuable up-to-date resources in response to COVID-19.

Resources include:
– COVID-19 treatment guidelines and algorithms
– PPE Guidelines

– Critical care training for non-critical care trained providers

Look below for specific resources that are available, or go directly to their resources by clicking HERE

Contacts To Know

WY Public Health Emergency Line

For providers with urgent patient care or public health concerns

WY Public Health Non-Urgent Questions

For non-urgent questions and concerns. Use COVID-19 email

WDH Infectious Disease

Wyoming Department of Health Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Unit

WY State Lab

Wyoming Public Health Lab Director Cari Sloma

Important Information

DONATIONS

State Homeland Security - Taskforce on Logistics has centralized all donation offers in order to best use these generous resources. Please direct all emails related to donating supplies and equipment to uc.logs@wyo.gov

WDH: TESTING UPDATE

COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Providers Regarding Laboratory Testing from WDH posted 3/27/20. To view all WYDOT Pick-up Locations Document CLICK HERE.

PROVIDER CONNECT

Infectious Disease Specialist & Natrona County Health Officer Mark E. Dowell, MD will be our featured speaker 3/31 @ 12 PM via Zoom. Get all of your quetions answered with one of our state's best physicians.

RESOURCES AND LINKS

Below is a repository of resources, links and supporting documents to support COVID-19 response across Wyoming. 

Current Research and Protocols

Therapeutics

Articles and tables referencing and reviewing all of the recent, past, and ongoing research involving hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine, remdesivir, tocalizumab, azithromycin, and others.

 Medscape: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Treatment and Management
Oxford Academic: COVID-19 Treatment: A Review of Early and Emerging Options (3/23/20)
ASHP: Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19 Related Treatments: (3/27/20)
Gautret et al: Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19 (3/17/20)
UW School of Medicine: UW ID Treatment Guidelines for SARS-CoV2 (Item 8)
CDC: Therapeutic Options for patients with COVID-19

Care Protocols and Guidelines

University of Washington – School of Medicine COVID-19 Resource Center

Resource Center includes information on the following and more:

  • Patient Care protocols and Algorithms
  • Policy Statements
  • Patient Care Protocols

Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC): Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information Repository for Healthcare Professionals

CDC: Clinical Care Guidance (Updated 3/7/20)

CDC: Ending Isolation for persons with COVID-19 – Interim Guidance

CMS: Guidelines to limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures (3/18/20)

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Checklist to Prepare Physician Offices for COVID-19 (3/12/20)

Wyoming Department of Health (WDH): COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Providers

WDH: COVID-19 Healthcare Licensing and Surveys Guidance (Includes guidance for infection control and prevention in nursing homes, hospitals, and more.)

PulmCCM (in partner with MedPage Today) Mechanical Ventilation in ARDS: Overview

AMA: Physician’s Guide to COVID-19

JAMA: Comprehensive overview of the coronavirus by the JAMA Network – including epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations – available for free on its JNN Learning website.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Supplies

University of Washington – School of Medicine PPE Policy Statements

CDC: Strategies to Optomize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
CDC: Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PPE Situation Summary Updated (3/21/20)
CDC: Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (3/12/20)
CDC: Checklist for Healthcare Facilities: Strategies for Optomizing the Supply of N95 Respirators during the COVID-19 Response

CMS: COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Key Protective Mask Guidance for Healthcare Workers (3/10/20)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance

JAMA: Conserving Supply of Personal Protective Equipment – A Call for Ideas (3/20/20)

Emory University School of Medicine: Conservation – COVID-19 ACE/DICE Printiable PDFs

The New Yorker: Keeping the Coronavirus From Infecting Healthcare Workers (3/21/20)

Federal Action Toward PPE and Testing Supply

American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and American Nursing Association Defense Letter (3/21/20)

AMA Advocacy toward emergency steps needed to boost production of PPE for COVID-19

Joint letter to request swift actions be taken to tackle PPE supply issues (3/18/20)

Telehealth

Telehealth will continue to play a key role in helping Wyoming care for patients in response to COVID-19. Use the links below to learn more.

General Guidance and Tools

American Medical Association (AMA) quick guide to telemedicine practice

Wyoming Telehealth Network (WyTN) 

Advisory Booard: 3 ways to ramp up telehealth to deal with COVID-19 (3/20/20)

Advisory Board: Tips to make telework work – for your team.

Billing and Reimbursement

MDedge: Emergency Rule – Docs can bill for telehealth and COVID-19 tests. Here’s how a commentary (3/20/20)

COVID-19 – Telemedicine Information published by WMS (3/18/20)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming Telemedicine Operations Update (3/17/20)

UnitedHealthcare Provider Telehealth Policy Update (3/19/20)

CIGNA COVID-19 Interim Billing Guidance for COVID-19 (3/17/20)

TriWest Healthcare Alliance Telehealth Guidance (3/19/20)

Health and Human Services

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency (3/17/20)

  • OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

Medicare

CMS.gov: Press Release: President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 (3/17/20)

CMS.gov: Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 – Medicare

CMS.gov: Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers – COVID-19 FAQs

CMS.gov: COVID-19: New ICD-10-CM Code and Interim Coding Guidance

Foley: Telehealth: 5 Key Takeaways from the Coronavirus Spending Bill

Medicaid

Medicaid.gov: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Policies and Communication: Federal Gov't., CDC, WHO, CMS

Presidential Orders & Resources

White House 15 Days To Slow the Spread Guidance (3/16/20)

New joint website from the CDC, White House and HHS www.coronavirus.gov

COVID-19 Advocacy Efforts

AMA COVID-19 Federal Advocacy Progress Report

Financial Relief and Economic Stimulus Packages

AMA ACP AAFP ACS MGMA Adovcacy Letter (3/20/20)

Requested $100 billion for front line health care workers to preserve practices (3/16/20)

Bennet, Barrasso Release Rural Hospital and Provider Plan to Bring Relief to Health Care System Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance

CDC: Travel recommendations

CDC: Information for schools and childcare facilities

CDC: Guidance for higher education

CDC: Guidance information for businesses and employers

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS: Annnounces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs (3/22/20)

 

Other General Information and Resources:

CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CMS.gov: CMS Guidance to Providers about COVID-19

Medicaid.gov: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Stay
Connected

We know that there’s power in staying connected and learning from each other. There are a myriad of national resources, but sometimes it’s even more helpful to just connect within the state. 

WMS can help. Join us every Tuesday over the noon hour to share stories &learned experiences, ask for help and rely on our community.

Tuesday – Weekly
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (MST)
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/191171605
Meeting ID: 191 171 605
(Must not be a member to join. Everyone is welcome)

 

Wyoming Needs Your Help

During these trying times, WMS is asking physicians to consider answering a future call to provide their time, energy, and skill to help Wyoming help our patients. COVID-19 is putting a tremendous strain on all physicians, especially those on the front lines, and the state is positioned to see unprecedented surge in patient care needs.

WMS is working with the State Board of Medicine to identify physicians who would be willing to help care for patients if the time came that our state might need you. Please consider submitting your name below to be added to a database of providers that we may need to call in if the situation worsens.

Wyoming is strong, our providers are strong, and sometimes strong means asking for help. Thank you for considering volunteering in this difficult time.

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