COVID-19 Support

 
The following resources have been compiled to support you during the COVID-19 outbreak and answer questions about liability. We are continually updating these resources as needed.
Additional COVID-19 resources, alongside additional risk management topics, can be found in our Resource Library located in the risk management area of our website.
This page last updated 9/7/21 with:
  • updated links to COVID-19 resource pages for OAHHS and ASHNHA.

 

Dear Member,

This is an unprecedented time of challenge in healthcare. And while there are currently more questions than answers out there—and more needs than resources to meet them—one thing you can count on is:

Physicians Insurance has your back!

We are here to support and protect you as you support and protect the health of our communities. Our policy form has always been broad, covering a wide range of circumstances and situations. And our website is filled with tools and resources to help you make decisions for your practice, and guidance on how to engage with and care for your patients.

Please continue to exercise good clinical judgment and prioritize patient health and safety above other concerns, regardless of the modality in which you deliver care. And count on Physicians Insurance to be in your corner with coverage and information to help you deliver safe care to your patients and community. Should liability arise in the future, Physicians Insurance will work with defense counsel to ensure that any and all defenses (good Samaritan laws, etc.) are made. If you have questions about specific coverage areas, please call your underwriter. Know that Physicians Insurance, and our panel of expert defense attorneys and claim professionals, are here to make sure you’re defended and protected.

In times like these, one benefit of being part of a mutual company is more apparent than ever: we are in this together, and we will stand by you.

We remain fully operational and accessible. Please feel free to call us at (800) 962-1399 or explore this website for resources. 

money signEffective 4/13/20, Physicians Insurance is waiving the 2.5% service fee on monthly installment billing plans for the remainder of the year. This applies to all policyholders in all states. We are also allowing policyholders to transition from a quarterly installment plan to a monthly plan in order to provide them with cash flow relief; arrangements for this type of transition should be made directly with the underwriting department. (Note: Invoices printed April 13th do not include service fees.)

icon_formDuring the pandemic, providers may be working fewer hours or groups may be called to work in a different setting and end up working at, or near typical, weekly hours. Once the ban on elective care was lifted, providers may have picked up extra hours to make up for lost time, making the average hours what they would have been if they had worked their regular schedule the whole year through.  Please evaluate your individual situation.  

If you would like to request a part time change to your policy, please complete the COVID-19PT form  along with a roster to let us know which physicians had reduced hours, their reduced hours per week, the requested effective date and return to pre-COVID-19 hours date if less than 90 days.  Otherwise, 90 days from the requested effective date will be the return hours date. Please return the form to COVID19@phyins.com
 

How does my policy respond to COVID-19? 

Your professional liability policy with Physicians Insurance provides coverage for damages arising out of direct patient treatment  rendered by an insured in the practice of the insured’s profession and on behalf of the named insured, or because of the insured’s vicarious liability, provided that such damages are a result of an injury  arising out of a medical incident.  

Under these broad definitions, liability resulting from clinical and administrative decisions related to the testing, screening, treatment and triage of COVID-19 patients, including decisions regarding when and how to best provide care to non-COVID-19 patients during this time, will be covered under your Physicians Insurance policy, subject to all other applicable policy conditions e.g. reporting within the policy period; etc. 

Does my policy cover telemedicine?

Yes. Telemedicine is covered under the definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on telemedicine. 

Does my policy cover any volunteer services I choose to provide? 

Yes. Volunteer patient treatment is covered under the definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on volunteer patient treatment. 

Does my policy cover privacy violations? 

Your professional liability coverage will cover allegations of violations of the right of patient privacy. If the Declarations Page of your policy indicates you have purchased HIPAA Defense Coverage, you have coverage for defense of HIPAA regulatory actions up to the limit indicated. Similarly, if your Declarations Page indicates you have purchased the Cyber Liability Endorsement, you have coverage for defense of privacy breaches up to the limit indicated.  

Is there anything we can do to reduce our liability and regulatory exposure? 

Please continue to consult Risk Management resources available here (phyins.com/resources and phyins.com/COVID19), exercise good clinical judgment and prioritize patient health and safety above other concerns. Should liability arise in the future, please know that Physicians Insurance, and our panel of expert lawyers and Claim professionals, are here to make sure you’re defended and protected. 

For specific risk management questions contact our Risk Management Department: riskmanagement@phyins.com

 


[1] Direct patient treatment is defined as: “any direct treatment, consultation, diagnostic tests or procedures, therapeutic procedures, pathological analyses, reports, or any other associated health care services. Direct patient treatment includes, but is not limited to, the furnishing of food and beverages in connection with providing patient treatment; dispensing of drugs, medical or dental supplies and appliances; and performing post-mortem procedures, including autopsies or harvesting of organs.”

[2] Professional Liability Injury means damages for the following injuries and offenses provided that such injuries or offenses arise, in whole or in part, out of a medical incident:

  1. bodily injury;
  2. physical injury to or destruction of tangible property;
  3. violation of the right of privacy of a patient of an insured; or
  4. defamation of a patient of an insured.

[3] Medical Incident means an act or omission or a series of related acts or omissions occurring in the course of direct patient treatment, regardless of the number of persons claiming damages arising out of such acts or omissions.

How does my policy respond to COVID-19? 

Your professional liability policy with Physicians Insurance provides coverage for damages arising out of direct patient treatment  rendered by an insured in the practice of the insured’s profession and on behalf of the named insured, or because of the insured’s vicarious liability, provided that such damages are a result of an injury  arising out of a medical incident.  

Under these broad definitions, liability resulting from clinical and administrative decisions related to the testing, screening, treatment and triage of COVID-19 patients, including decisions regarding when and how to best provide care to non-COVID-19 patients during this time, will be covered under your Physicians Insurance policy, subject to all other applicable policy conditions e.g. reporting within the policy period; etc. 

Does my policy cover telemedicine?

Yes. Telemedicine is covered under the definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on telemedicine. 

Does my policy cover any volunteer services I choose to provide? 

Yes. Volunteer patient treatment is covered under the definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on volunteer patient treatment. 

Does my policy cover privacy violations? 

Your professional liability coverage will cover allegations of violations of the right of patient privacy. If the Declarations Page of your policy indicates you have purchased HIPAA Defense Coverage, you have coverage for defense of HIPAA regulatory actions up to the limit indicated. Similarly, if your Declarations Page indicates you have purchased the Cyber Liability Endorsement, you have coverage for defense of privacy breaches up to the limit indicated.  

Is there anything we can do to reduce our liability and regulatory exposure? 

Please continue to consult Risk Management resources available here (phyins.com/resources and phyins.com/COVID19), exercise good clinical judgment and prioritize patient health and safety above other concerns. Should liability arise in the future, please know that Physicians Insurance, and our panel of expert lawyers and Claim professionals, are here to make sure you’re defended and protected. 

For specific risk management questions contact our Risk Management Department: riskmanagement@phyins.com.

 


[1] Direct patient treatment is defined as: “any direct treatment, consultation, diagnostic tests or procedures, therapeutic procedures, pathological analyses, reports, or any other associated health care services.”

[2] Injury means:

a. physical injury, sickness, disease, mental injury, or mental anguish sustained by a person, including death resulting from any of these at any time;

b. invasion of privacy of a patient arising out of direct patient treatment;

c. defamation of a patient arising out of direct patient treatment; or

d. property damage.

[3] Medical Incident means an act or omission or a series of related acts or omissions occurring in the course of direct patient treatment rendered by one or more insureds in the course and scope of their duties to the named insuredregardless of the number of persons claiming damages arising out of such acts or omissions.

How does my policy respond to COVID-19? 

Your professional liability policy with Physicians Insurance provides coverage for damages arising out of direct patient treatment  rendered by an insured in the practice of the insured’s profession and on behalf of the named insured, or because of the insured’s vicarious liability, provided that such damages are a result of an injury  arising out of a medical incident.  

Under these broad definitions, liability resulting from clinical and administrative decisions related to the testing, screening, treatment and triage of COVID-19 patients, including decisions regarding when and how to best provide care to non-COVID-19 patients during this time, will be covered under your Physicians Insurance policy, subject to all other applicable policy conditions e.g. reporting within the policy period; etc. 

Does my policy cover telemedicine?

Yes. Telemedicine is covered under the definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on telemedicine. 

Does my policy cover volunteer work performed by my providers? 

If you have a healthcare facility policy, any providers who are volunteering healthcare services at the direction or on behalf of the named insured (the group or clinic), are covered as “insureds” under the policy. 

If you have a corporate/partnership professional liability policy, any paramedical employees or non-physician staff who are volunteering healthcare services at the direction or on behalf of the named insured (the group or clinic) are covered as “insureds” under the policy. Your physicians and surgeons are covered for any volunteer services they choose to provide under the terms of their own individual policy. 

Does my policy cover privacy violations? 

Your professional liability coverage will cover allegations of violations of the right of patient privacy. If the Declarations Page of your policy indicates you have purchased HIPAA Defense Coverage, you have coverage for defense of HIPAA regulatory actions up to the limit indicated. Similarly, if your Declarations Page indicates you have purchased the Cyber Liability Endorsement, you have coverage for defense of privacy breaches up to the limit indicated.  

Is there anything we can do to reduce our liability and regulatory exposure? 

Please continue to consult Risk Management resources available here (phyins.com/resources and phyins.com/COVID19), exercise good clinical judgment and prioritize patient health and safety above other concerns. Should liability arise in the future arise in, please know that Physicians Insurance, and our panel of expert lawyers and Claim professionals, are here to make sure you’re defended and protected. 

For specific risk management questions contact our Risk Management Department: riskmanagement@phyins.com.

 


[1] Direct patient treatment is defined as: “any direct treatment, consultation, diagnostic tests or procedures, therapeutic procedures, pathological analyses, reports, or any other associated health care services.”

[2] Injury means:

a. physical injury, sickness, disease, mental injury, or mental anguish sustained by a person, including death resulting from any of these at any time;

b. invasion of privacy of a patient arising out of direct patient treatment;

c. defamation of a patient arising out of direct patient treatment; or

d. property damage.

[3] Medical Incident means an act or omission or a series of related acts or omissions occurring in the course of direct patient treatment rendered by one or more insureds in the course and scope of their duties to the named insuredregardless of the number of persons claiming damages arising out of such acts or omissions.

If you need a Certificate of Insurance, you can search our website at https://www.phyins.com/COI

NATIONAL

American Medical Association (AMA) 

American Hospital Association (AHA) 

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

ECRI

  • ECRI COVID-19 Resource Center, includes free and sharable resources that include:
    • Many Surgical Gowns from Foreign, Nontraditional Suppliers Fail U.S. Standards: ECRI gown testing data includes manufacturer, model name, model #, lot #, country of origin, color, cuff type, thumb hole, seam locations, materia, photos, and AAMI equivalent level.
    • A wide range of guidance on various issues such as clinical guidance for critical care, pediatrics, and special populations, lab services, long term care, and risk management.
    • Updates to Safety of Extended Use and Reuse of N95 Respirators
    • Coronavirus Support Product Equivalents and PPE Supply Equivalents
    • High-Flow Oxygen Therapy Units - Product Comparison 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ASPR TRACIE:


STATE - Medical Associations

      Idaho Medical Association

      Oregon Medical Association (OMA)

      Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)

      Wyoming Medical Society


      STATE - Hospital Associations

      Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA)

      Idaho Hospital Association (IHA)

       Oregon Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS)

      Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)

       

      State Snapshot: A COVID-19 Report - A report that shares state responses to combat the COVID-19 outbreak
      Source: Stateside Government Relations
      Date: June 30, 2021

      State Vaccine SnapshotA report that shares links to each states' vaccination plan
      Source: Stateside Government Relations
       

       

      COVID-19 VACCINE PATIENT ACKNOWLDGEMENT FORM / INFORMED CONSENT
      (to be used in tandem with vaccine screening and EAUs)

      Oregon

      Washington


      EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EAU) FACT SHEETS

        Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

        Moderna

        Pfizer-BioNTech

         


        STARTING A VACCINE CLINIC


        STANDING ORDERS


        ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

        Oregon

        Washington

        National

        Does my policy cover the administration of COVID-19 vaccines?

        Yes. Vaccine administration is covered under the broad definitions above, and your policy does not contain any additional exclusions on vaccine administration. In addition, there are significant liability protections for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other drugs approved for use under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

        Oregon Health Authority

        Washington Dept. of Health

         

        Who can order and administer vaccines?

        ALASKA

        (AK) Infection Control Protocols for Non-compliant Patients
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: July 14, 2020 

        (AK) Expedited Licensure and Telemedicine Options During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: May 14, 2020

         

        IDAHO

        (ID) Infection Control Protocols for Non-compliant Patients
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: July 10, 2020 

         

        OREGON

        (OR) Infection Control Protocols for Non-compliant Patients
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: July 23, 2020 (updated from July 7 and June 26, 2020)

        (FED-WA-OR) EMTALA Implications for COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 16, 2020

        (OR) Privacy Implications for COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 15, 2020 (Updated from March 30)

        (OR) Childcare for Healthcare Providers During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 23, 2020 (Updated from April 17 and March 23)

        (OR) Retired Physicians and Other Limited Licensure Status During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 23, 2020 (Updated from March 23, 2020)

        (OR) Medical Volunteers and Medical Stations in Oregon During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: March 27, 2020

        (OR) Expedited Licensure and Telemedicine Options During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: March 25, 2020

         

        WASHINGTON

        (WA) Infection Control Protocols for Non-compliant Patients
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: July 7, 2020 (updated from June 24, 2020)

        (FED-WA-OR) EMTALA Implications for COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 16, 2020

        (WA) Childcare for Healthcare Providers During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 7, 2020 (Updated from March 19, 2020)

        (WA) Retired Physicians and Other Limited Licensure Status During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: March 30, 2020 (Updated from March 24)

        (WA) Privacy Implications for COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: March 24, 2020

        (WA) Expedited Licensure and Telemedicine Options During COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: June 28, 2021

        Employer's Guide to COVID-19
        Source: HR Hero / BLR
        Date: August 27, 2021

        Documentation for Risk Mitigation During a Healthcare Crisis
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: June 17, 2020

        COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: May 14, 2020

        EMTALA Implications for COVID-19
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: April 16, 2020

        Telehealth Modifying Requirements in Response to COVID-19
        Source: Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)
        Date: September 1, 2020

        Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health Guide
        Source: American Psychiatric Association and American Telemedicine Association
        Date: April 2018

        AMA Telehealth Implementation Playbook
        Source: AMA
        Date: Posted June 26, 2020

        Telehealth Informed Consent Onsite Visit with Second Provider
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: May 2020

        Telehealth Informed Consent for Patient at Home
        Source: Physicians Insurance
        Date: May 2020

        Telemedicine Risk Management Considerations
        Source: ASHRM
        Date: 2018

         

        FROM STATE ASSOCIATIONS OR GOVTS 

             
            IDAHO

            Idaho Rebounds:

            Stages of Reopening (April 23, 2020)

             

            OREGON

            Oregon Health Authority:

            GUIDANCE

            Ambulatory Surgical Center Attestation to Resume Non-Emergent or Elective Procedures (April 29, 2020)

            Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guidance for Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures (May 6, 2020)

             

            WASHINGTON

            Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA):

            Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures – Proclamation by the Governor 20-24.1  (May 18, 2020)

            Governor Inslee: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

            https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers  (posted June 26, 2020)

             
            WYOMING

            Wyoming Department of Health:

            COVID-19: Guidance from the Wyoming Department of Health on Resuming Elective and Non-emergency Procedures (April 24, 2020)

             

            FROM PHYSICIANS INSURANCE

            Documentation for Risk Mitigation During a Healthcare Crisis
            Source: Physicians Insurance
            Date: June 17, 2020

            Consent to Treat During COVID-19 Pandemic
            Source: Physicians Insurance
            Date: June 17, 2020 (updated from May 12, 2020)

             


            FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

             

            American Medical Association (AMA):

            Physician Practice Guide to Reopening (Updated May 28, 2020)

             

            American Hospital Association (AHA):

            Re-entry Guidance for Health Care Facilities and Medical Device Representatives (released May 19, 2020)

            Roadmap from AHA, Others for Safely Resuming Elective Surgery as COVID-19 Curve Flattens (posted April 29, 2020)

             

            Medical Group Management Association (MGMA): 

            COVID-19 Medical Practice Reopening Checklist (posted May 8, 2020)

            RECORDED WEBINARS (open to the public)

            COVID-19: Training for Healthcare Workers
            Date: August 2020
            Source: Stanford School of Medicine / Coursera
            (Fee waived until 2021. Requires log in setup.)

            Modular, self-paced course, covering symptoms and signs in patients with COVID-19, early stabilization, preventing the need for intubation, and ventilator management. Best evidence and guidelines are summarized with accompanying handouts and links to online resources. Simple infographics are available for viewers to use and promote optimal care across the institution.

            COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS and Ventilator Resources 
            This complimentary course is presented in four modular units and requires users to create a login in to access. Learners are immersed in real-world ICU scenarios, while interactive elements encourage the development of safe and effective practices. This course also includes key procedures from the ‘AACN Procedure Manual for High Acuity, Progressive and Critical Care’ for free, courtesy of Elsevier.
            Date: Posted April 2020

            Source: American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN)

            Treatment Options for COVID-19 - Presentation slides
            Speaker: Ellie Sukerman, MD
            Date: June 3, 2020
            Source: Oregon Health and Science University

            Protecting Mothers and Babies: COVID-19 and the OB Patient
            Date: April 10, 2020
            Source: Relias 

            COVID-19 Compliance Today and Tomorrow
            Date: April 13, 2020
            Source: PYA

            Psychological Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
            Date: August 7, 2020
            Resource: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

            Peer Support: Fostering Connection and Destigmatizing Mental Health for Caregivers
            Date: July 24, 2020
            Resource: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

            Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience 
            Date: July 10, 2020
            Resource: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

            Addressing the Collective Mental Health Burden Imposed by COVID-19
            Date: June 15, 2020
            Resource: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

             

            ONLINE EDUCATION from Physicians Insurance (complimentary for members)

            Clinical Assessment Via Telehealth Applications (1.50)

            Ethical and Legal Guidelines for Telehealth (1.00)

            Telehealth in Clinical Practice (1.50)

             


            ADDITIONAL EDUCATION (open to the public)

            Introduction to Telehealth (0.75)
            Date Posted: October 1, 2020

            Source: Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

            This modular, telehealth primer is relevant to the Pacific Northwest area and includes statistics from OHSU's telehealth program implementation. By the end of this lesson viewers should be able to describe the spectrum of telehealth modalities including synchronous vs asynchronous care platforms; define "Webside" manners and employ them to conduct a more effective patient encounter; identify limitations of digital visits and strategies to mitigate them; follow current rules and regulations pertinent to the telehealth; understand the “digital divide” and use an inclusive and critical mindset in the practice of telehealth.

            Telehealth Primer: The Right Care at the Right Place at the Right Time - Presentation slides
            Speakers: Anthony Cheng, MD, Miles Ellenby, MD, Gianou Knox, MPH
            Date: June 10, 2020
            Source: Oregon Health and Science University

            Getting Online with Telehealth: Practical Guidance for Physician Practices 
            During this webinar, PYA’s panel of heavy-hitting experts provided guidance physician practices can use to rollout, or further tap into, the telehealth opportunity.
            Date: March 26, 2020
            Source: PYA

             

            ONLINE EDUCATION from Physicians Insurance (complimentary for members)

            Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (1.00)

            Pandemic Flu (0.50)

            Many of the following practice management resources have been shared with us by PYA, a healthcare consulting firm with more than 30 years of experience, and locations in Atlanta, Kansas City, Knoxville, Nashville, and Tampa. You can learn more about their services and fees at https://www.pyapc.com


            One Week to Apply for FCC’s $250 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: April 29, 2021

            American Rescue Plan Act Expands PPP Eligibility
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: March 31, 2021

            The American Rescue Plan — How It “Rescues” Healthcare
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: March 12, 2021

            Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline Extended
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: March 31, 2021

            Top Five Medicare Reimbursement Takeaways from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: December 23, 2021

            Telemedicine True-Up: Provider Pricing Post-Pandemic
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: May 22, 2020

            "...But Planning is Everything" -- Restarting Health System Strategy
            Source: PYA
            Date: May 14, 2020

            Provider Practice Restarts: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Proposition
            Source: PYA
            Date: May 1, 2020

            PYA Framework for Re-starting Our Healthcare Economy
            Source: PYA
            Date: April 24, 2020

            Accounting for Medicare Advance Payments and Relief Fund Payments
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: April 14, 2020

            Relief Fund Payments Arriving in Provider Bank Accounts – with Strings Attached
            Source: PYA Insights
            Date: April 10, 2020

            Ensuring Provider Cash Flow During the COVID-19 Pandemic—Medicare Advance Payments
            Source:
            PYA Insights
            Date: March 30, 2020

            Take These Actions NOW in Preparing to Quickly Apply for a CARES Act “Small” Business Paycheck Protection Loan
            Source:
            PYA Insights
            Date: March 30, 2020

            $100 Billion-Plus in CARES Act for Healthcare: 3 Ways to Get It
            Source: HealthLeadersMedia.com
            Date: March 29, 2020

            Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
            Source: CMS.gov
            Date: March 28, 2020

            5 Practical Revenue Cycle Initiatives During COVID-19
            Source:
            PYA Insights
            Date: March 27, 2020

            PROGRAMS

            Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - A part of the federal stimulus package (a.k.a. CARES Act), the Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. (April 2, 2020)

            Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDL) - This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to small businesses (under 500 employees) that are currently experiencing temporary loss of revenue. (April 2, 2020)

            RECORDED WEBINARS (open to the public)

            OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard -- Implications and Next Steps for Healthcare Providers
            Duration: 60 minutes
            Originally presented: August 3, 2021

            On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and addressing the increased risk to employees in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated. The 916-page document includes requirements for protective practices and policies related to physical space, equipment, and facilities. The ETS will remain in place for the next six months. This webinar features PYA Principal Jeff Bushong and Realty Trust Group Senior Vice President Hank Carr providing a high-level overview of the OSHA ETS — including immediate next steps to help guide compliance in operations and facilities.

            Webinar Series: A Short Course on the Consolidated Appropriations Act
            Duration: Six 60-minute webinars. 
            Originally presented January 19th – February 4th, 2021

            This six-part webinar series, provided at no cost from PYA, explores the key CAA provisions impacting the healthcare industry. Each complimentary one-hour webinar in the series focuses on a specific subject, detailing relevant provisions and their implications for the industry. The six episodes are:

            • CAA and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
            • Introducing the New Rural Emergency Hospital
            • Hospital Payment and Reimbursement
            • Provider Relief Fund Update
            • Telehealth Services: Before, During, and After the Pandemic
            • PPP Loans – Second Draw, and Other CAA Considerations

            So You Have A PPP Loan. Now What? — A New PYA Webinar
            Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 
            Source: PYA

            Provider Relief Fund Payments – What We Know, What We Don’t Know, What To Do Now

            The federal government is now making CARES Act Relief Fund payments to Medicare providers. These payments are not loans—they do not have to be repaid or forgiven. However, this money comes with strings attached.

            Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 
            Source: PYA

            Hospitals, Capital, and Cashflow, under COVID-19

            Hospitals and providers need to think creatively, strategically, and long-term about capital and cashflow under the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this complimentary webinar hosted by PYA, we will discuss the current state of capital markets for non-profit healthcare systems, and considerations for capital management, including the role of real estate assets.

            Date: April 09, 2020 
            Source: PYA

            The CARES Act: Your Piece of the $2 Trillion Pie 

            The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act—the CARES Act—includes billions of dollars in relief for healthcare providers. In this complimentary webinar, PYA experts explained the complicated legislative language to help you understand the help that’s on the way.

            Date: March 26, 2020 
            Source: PYA

            COVID-19 Relief Funding, Loan Sources, And Obligations Breakdown
            Source: PYA
            Date:  May 29, 2020

            Stark Law Blanket Waiver Checklist
            Stark Law waivers under COVID-19 allow greater flexibility in financial arrangements with physicians who may be negatively impacted by the pandemic. This checklist from PYA addresses key considerations. 
            Source: PYA
            Date: April 2, 2020

            Public Service Announcements

            Developed by the WA State Medical Association (WSMA) and the WA State Hospital Association (WSHA), the following video is the latest in a series of public information videos. All are appropriate to share with your patients as necessary; you can place them on your own website by using the “embed codes" noted below, or e-mailing the links directly. 


            "Get Vaccinated, Washington! Trust your Doc...Get Your COVID-19 Shot." (NEW: December 22, 2020)