From Your Chapter
Louisiana Chapter leadership offers encouragement to their members and all healthcare providers on the front lines. #WeAreHereForYou
Dr. John Vanchiere and Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Jr. delivered Grand Rounds on Mach 26th- Covid-19 Update
Louisiana Specific Resources
Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society Publication: Guidance to Families Regarding COVID-19- Download
TIKES Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Need support caring for young children during the COVID-19
pandemic? TIKES Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is providing mental health consultation (MHC) services via telephone or a telehealth web based platform during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Download the flyer for details.
Louisiana Office of Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) page: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
LDH Medicaid Provider Updates/ Memos:
Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Medicaid Provider Update (Revised March 24, 2020)
Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update for Medicaid NEMT Providers (Revised March 25, 2020)
Informational Bulletins: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1198/n/311
IB 20-4: Telemedicine/Telehealth Facilitation of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services During the COVID-19 Declared Emergency (3/20/2020)
Program Updates from Louisiana Medicaid | March 25, 2020 | COVID-19 Update
As a precaution with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) intends to take measures to minimize public exposure. A few pharmacy edits will be revised to encourage recipients to get all necessary maintenance medications during one pharmacy visit.
On March 17, 2020, members were able to start receiving early refills and up to a 90-day supply, as appropriate, of maintenance medications that are not controlled substances. These include cardiovascular drugs (hypertension, coronary artery disease, thrombosis), diabetes drugs, respiratory drugs (inhaled and oral), contraceptives, antiretrovirals, direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C, immunosuppressives, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, among others.
On March 24, 2020, existing approved prior authorizations on prescribed drugs and physician-administered drugs (drugs included as a medical benefit) will be extended through June 30, 2020, with no action needed by the prescriber. This will not affect the number of refills originally authorized by the prescriber. Member copays for prescribed drugs are waived, effective March 24, 2020.
To reduce exposure, providers should consider encouraging members to use pharmacies that offer free home delivery services or drive-through pickup services. To reduce contact, member signatures are no longer required..
Statewide information from the Louisiana Office of Community Preparedness and Health Protection: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3865
Governor’s Office Newsroom: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/category/9
LED Opens COVID-19 Help Desk for Louisiana Businesses (3/27/0- 2020) READ
Gov. Edwards Signs Proclamation Outlining Additional Measures Related to COVID-19 (3/26/2020) READ
IMPORTANT COVID-19 HOTLINES FOR THE PUBLIC
General questions for the public: Call 211
SNAP: For information about SNAP or an application, Louisiana residents can text GETSNAP to 898211
Unemployment: File an unemployment claim at www.louisianaworks.net or by calling our Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Be sure to answer YES when asked if you are applying for reasons related to COVID-19. If your work hours have been reduced, partial benefits could be available to you.
Counseling Services: Office of Behavioral Health Keeping Calm during COVID Phone Line 1-866-310-7977
Available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week | All calls confidential
SBA: The Small Business Administration has approved that ALL 64 Louisiana parishes are eligible for COVID-19 business aid.
Louisiana businesses may apply as follows:
LED Hotline for General Small Business Questions- 225.342.4321
SBA Information– DisasterLoan.sba.gov
Call Toll Free 1-800-659-2955
Medicaid: If you have lost your job or are paid hourly and have reduced hours, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Apply online at MyMedicaid.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. You can also apply by mail at Louisiana Medicaid, P.O. Box 91283, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
WIC: If you have any questions, please contact your clinic or 1-800-251-BABY.
Most WIC clinics are still open. Due to current COVID-19 precautions, LA WIC clinics are allowing participants and/or caregivers to stay in their vehicles for appointments. Your information will be collected over the phone and a member of the staff will come out to your vehicle. Please bring your ID, WIC EBT card and all other required documentation. Important: If you or anyone in your family have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your WIC clinic and reschedule your appointment.
COVID-19 page: https://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/covid-19
Schools Serving Meals By Parish: Click here
Resources from Children’s Hospital- New Orleans
View their March blog entries: https://www.chnola.org/blog/2020/march/
Practice Management Resources
Webinar Part 3: The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices:
Description: Join PMI’s Paulie Vanchiere and PCC’s Chip Hart as they follow up from the March 26th webinar where over 1,140 people attended to learn about financial and operational issues Pediatric practices are facing as COVID-19 continues to evolve.
As with the last webinar, we will bring in special guests to join the conversation so that practices can get the latest information they need to better prepare for business impact of COVD19 on Pediatric practices…stay tuned for more details on who will be joining these two knuckleheads.
Time: Apr 2, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)
To access the slides and recording from previous webinars, click here . If you are entering the site for the first time you will be asked to create an account. With this account you will also have access to a host of practice management resources.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the AAP has been staying abreast of all confirmed developments related to its global spread and will continue to be vigilant in efforts to develop and share information and guidance with members.
** New Resources Available
- AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19, which outlines policy changes aiming to alleviate barriers to telehealth care.
- Telehealth webinar
- Guidance on structuring your practice during the pandemic.
- The CDC has updated the priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection. This guidance prioritizes health care professionals and first responders to receive testing. It also recommends more aggressive testing (even for milder cases) in communities where there are more COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Forbes has published a helpful state-by-state comparison of laws passed re: COVID-19 (i.e. testing cost share, Medicaid telehealth parity, etc.). Check it out here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/03/24/states-request-health-insurance-changes-for-covid-19/#4821bdbd1e16
World Health Organization Carona Virus page: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
From The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
“Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)“
From the National Institutes of Health:
“Coronavirus (COVID-19)” https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
From the National Library of Medicine:
“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” https://www.nlm.nih.gov/index.html#Novel_Coronavirus
From the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering:
“Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak in Near Real Time” https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/01/23/coronavirus-outbreak-mapping-tool-649-em1-art1-dtd-health/