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Joint GI society message: COVID-19 clinical insights for our community of gastroenterologists and gastroenterology care providers
https://gastro.org/press-releases/joint-gi-society-message-covid-19-clinical-insights-for-our-community-of-gastroenterologists-and-gastroenterology-care-providers/

The situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. There is recent evidence suggesting the potential for coronavirus transmission through droplets and perhaps fecal shedding1,2 posing potential risks during endoscopy and colonoscopy to other patients, endoscopy personnel and ourselves. We provide below important information as well as recommendations to consider in your insti...

Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services, and Treatment Recommendations
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/cms-non-emergent-elective-medical-recommendations.pdf

To aggressively address COVID-19, CMS recognizes that conservation of critical healthcare resources is essential, in addition to limiting exposure of patients and staff to the virus that causes COVID-19. CMS also recognizes the importance of reducing burdens on the existing health system and maintaining services while keeping patients and providers safe. CMS, in collaboration with medical s...

American Heart Association Hypertension Guideline Toolkit
http://aha-clinical-review.ascendeventmedia.com/books/aha-high-blood-pressure-toolkit/
American Heart Association

AHA High Blood Pressure Toolkit

Clinical Guidance for Pediatric Patients with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with SARS-CoV-2 and Hyperinflammation in COVID-19
https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/ACR-COVID-19-Clinical-Guidance-Summary-MIS-C-Hyperinflammation.pdf

COVID-19 Clinical Guidance for Pediatric Patients with Rheumatic Disease
https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/COVID-19-Clinical-Guidance-Summary-for-Pediatric-Patients-with-Rheumatic-Disease.pdf

Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips
https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/recovering_practice_finances.html

Nationally, patient volume has dropped 60%(www.medscape.com) since the start of the pandemic and is now rebounding, either gradually or rapidly depending on local circumstances. However, practices are unlikely to return to normal volumes for some time as patients continue to avoid the office and as offices continue to keep high-risk patients at home and treat them via telehealth. These changes ...

People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
CDC

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf

The Trump Administration is taking aggressive actions and exercising regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers as well as, where applicable, authority granted under section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and rapidly expand the Administratio...

AMA Telehealth Implementation Playbook
https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2020-04/ama-telehealth-implementation-playbook.pdf

“With the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on access to medical care, there is no better time to help physicians navigate and implement telemedicine into their practices and enhance their ability to care for patients. Through telemedicine, we can triage patients and help avoid unnecessary visits to health care settings, thereby reducing exposure to the COVID virus and helping to ke...

Health & Human Services HIPAA & COVID-19 Resources
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/hipaa-covid19/index.html

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided Bulletins, Notifications of Enforcement Discretion, Guidance, and Resources that help explain how patient health information may be used and disclosed in response to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
CDC

This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategi...

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
CDC

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of COVID-19 an...

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/community-mitigation.html
CDC

This document describes the goals, guiding principles, and strategies for community mitigation to reduce or prevent local COVID-19 transmission. Community mitigation activities are actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of a new virus with pandemic potential. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus. Community mitigation actions are especially impor...

Errands and Going Out
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/going-out.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/activities.html
CDC

Venturing Out? What to consider before you go.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
CDC

Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons with Known or Suspected COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html

Medical examiners, coroners, and pathologists should immediately notify their localexternal icon or stateexternal icon health department in the event of the identification of a deceased person with known or suspected COVID-19. State and local health departments can contact CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 for urgent consultation if an autopsy is being considered for a ...

Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry
https://www.fda.gov/media/139638/download

This guidance is being issued to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. This guidance is being implemented without prior public comment because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has determined that prior public participation for this guidance is not feasible or appropriate (see section 701(h)(1)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ...

SCHOOLS FOR HEALTH: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools
https://www.wasa-oly.org/WASA/images/WASA/6.0 Resources/Hanover/Harvard Report for Reopening Schools---June 2020.pdf

Schools will eventually need to reopen. Keeping schools closed comes with massive, long-term individual and societal costs. Many children cannot effectively learn, grow, engage, socialize, be active, eat healthy food, or get support until schools reopen. Parents and caregivers cannot go back to work until children go back to school. Knowing that schools will reopen at some point, we set out...

AASA COVID-19 RECOVERY TASK FORCE GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS: An Opportunity to Transform Public Education
http://aasacentral.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/AASA-COVID-19-Recovery-Task-Force-Guiding-Principals-and-Action-Steps-for-Reopening-Schools.pdf

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is committed to supporting superintendents and other school district leaders throughout the country during this challenging and unprecedented time. The following report presents a synthesis of the Guidelines for Reopening Schools recommended by superintendents throughout the United States as part of an ongoing AASA task force. During meetings of...

People of Any Age with Underlying Medical Conditions
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: