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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally, including in Alabama. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “COVID-19”.
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama has compiled the following resources for physicians and health care providers on the latest news, research and developments.

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Current Coronavirus News and Information

Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic

USA Today
As routine patient visits decline amid stay-at-home orders, thousands of health care professionals lack work.
The workers range from dentists and general surgeons to medical assistants and nurses, from allergists and dermatologists to primary care physicians and pediatricians.
By June, an estimated 60,000 family practices will close or significantly scale back, and 800,000 of their employees will be laid off, furloughed or have their hours reduced as they see a decline in business during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a HealthLandscape and American Academy of Family Physicians report released Thursday. 
Continue reading this story on USA Today by clicking here.

'I Do Fear for My Staff,’ a Doctor Said. He Lost His Job. Health care professionals are being punished for protecting themselves, and us.

New York Times
Doctors and nurses responding to the Covid-19 pandemic are the superheroes of our age, putting themselves at risk to save the lives of others.
In Bellingham, Wash., an E.R. doctor, Ming Lin, pleaded on social media for better protections for patients and the staff at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had worked for 17 years.
“I do fear for my staff,” Dr. Lin warned. “Morally, I think when you see something wrong, you have to speak out.”
The hospital responded by terminating Dr. Lin.
Dr. Lin speaks out in this article by the New York Times.

Montgomery received 5,000 rotted masks from national stockpile

Alabama Daily News
More than 5,000 medical masks that Montgomery County received from the national stockpile were rotted, the local emergency management director said Thursday.
Christi Thornton, the city/county emergency management director, said the 5,880 procedure masks received last week were unusable because of dry rot. The masks had a 2010 expiration date, according to the city’s response to a survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
ADN has all the details on its website.

Telehealth Guidance & Webinar

Guidance Document: The Medical Association reached out to Kim Huey, a coding expert who provides guidance to many Alabama physicians, to help us navigate the most recent updates within coding and telehealth. The most important thing to remember is that payers have differing definitions of what they consider telehealth. Be sure to check with the applicable insurer for the most up-to-date information affecting requirements for coding and billing of telehealth services.

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