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April 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 10

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The Broward County Medical Association has agreed to serve as the Housing Organization for the Broward Medical Response Unit. The City of Fort Lauderdale as well as the Mayor's Office of Broward County will also be partnering with us. Per our mission statement we are dedicated to disaster preparedness and response; specifically the recruitment, credentialing and management of health care volunteers. Our purpose is to assist the local Department of Health and other municipal partners in providing for the medical needs of our community.

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides relief to taxpayers affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The CARES Act is the third round of federal government aid related to COVID-19. BDO summarized the top provisions in the new legislation below, with more detailed alerts on individual provisions to follow. Click here for a link to the full text of the bill.

 Those with Flu Symptoms Can be Seen Virtually by a Doctor, Avoiding Risks to Themselves and Others 

 
March 29, 2019 - Those feeling under the weather and wondering if their flu-like symptoms could be related to coronavirus can now be examined by a doctor from the privacy of their homes at no cost. MemorialDocNow, the online application from Memorial Healthcare System, doesn’t require insurance and the free telehealth offer has been extended through April 30.
 
Lack of N-95s, masks, face shields threaten health workers in facilities in every state, in every size facility

Only 12% have received supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile
 
March 27, 2020 – Nearly half (48%) of U.S. healthcare facilities surveyed are already out of, or almost out of respirators to use in caring for a patient with COVID-19, according to a national survey of infection prevention experts conducted March 23-25, 2020 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 
 
The online survey asked APIC’s U.S.-based infection preventionist members to categorize their supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items including hand sanitizer and cleaning products on a 5-point scale from having “plenty” to “none.”  Of the 1,140 infection preventionists who completed the survey, 233 (20.46 %) reported their facilities have no respirators; an additional 317 (27.83%) say they are almost out of these critical devices used to protect healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.


 

March 25 2020 - VA has always been here for Veterans — and we will continue to be here for you during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you need a prescription, telemedicine or in-person care, you can rely on VA. Here is a recent message from Dr. Richard Stone, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration and a former U.S. Army combat physician.

March 26, 2020 – Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced today it will implement an extended grace period through May 31, 2020 for customers unable to pay premiums as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis that would otherwise have been subject to termination of coverage.  
 
The grace period applies to Affordable Care Act, Medicare Supplement, and other individual health plan members, as well as most of its employer group health plans. In addition, Florida Blue is working with its self-funded ERISA employers to assist them in meeting the needs of their employees.
 

March 26 2020 - Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) continues to serve on the front lines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with drive through COVID-19 testing in both Marathon and south Miami-Dade. So far, the non-profit organization has screened more than 1,650 people and tested more than 420. Among the results, 19 have tested positive as of March 25, 2020. Patients with positive test results have received a call from the CHI care team informing them and educating them on next steps. In addition, patients have access to the online patient portal to enable real time access to their results.  CHI tells those positive patients that the Department of Health (DOH) will also be contacting them as CHI shares all positive results with the DOH.

March 26 2020 - A dedicated group of employees at Memorial Healthcare System has created a medical DIY crafting group to make face-shield masks for all front line employees taking care of patients throughout all Memorial Hospitals. While there have been reports of shortages for PPE throughout the country, Memorial leadership has been proactive in maintaining a steady flow of equipment for the front lines in their South Florida locations. Add the generosity of businesses and community groups, along with the talented group of medical DIY’ers, and Memorial’s front line and clinical teams remain well protected to face COVID-19 and take care of this community. In total, staff will have supplies to make 21,000 additional face-shields.

 

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 March 26 2020 -  The Florida Medical Association (FMA), along with the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA), Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI) and other health care providers and facilities today sent a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis requesting guidance on Executive Order No. 20-72, which suspends non-essential elective medical procedures. 

March 25, 2020 - As the world prioritizes social distancing to stop or slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University demonstrates that mother-infant touch and contact are essential for optimal neurodevelopmental regulation in early infancy. Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, especially one who is premature, has been associated with promoting neurophysiological development. 

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