Covid-19 Information and Resources

Physician Level Guidance on COVID-19

With an increased prevalence of COVID-19, patients and providers seek up-to-date diagnosis and management information. King County Medical Society is happy to provide members with these guidance resources.

UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site: Policies and protocols in response to the COVID-19 outbreak from the University of Washington. Find screening and testing criteria, PPE recommendations, and more.

Covid-19 Real-time Tracking Map: Johns Hopkins real-time tracking map of Covid-19 cases globally.

CDC Guidelines: Physicians can review the Person Under Investigation (PUI) Guidelines to determine who to screen for COVID-19. Of note, local healthcare providers are rapidly adapting to application of these protocols in real time with support from the Epicenter Program. Physicians should advise outpatients of standard nonpharmaceutical interventions for illnesses available on the website.

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals: Current interim guidance for evaluating persons under investigation (PUIs), clinical care guidance, infection control, supply of personal protective equipment, and home care.

CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks: CDC document offering a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of facemasks in healthcare settings when there is limited supply. It does not address other aspects of pandemic planning.

King County Public Health Website: For Healthcare Providers with questions OR patients with concerns about a recent exposure, contact the Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977. For general questions about COVID-19 that your patients or loved ones may have contact WADOH Hotline at 1-800-525-0127

King County Public Health Seeking Volunteers for COVID-19 Response: Public Health – Seattle & King County is developing their roster of volunteers (healthcare professionals and general support volunteers) who may be available in the coming weeks to assist in the COVID-19 response.At this time, there is no option to work remotely, any assignment would be at a specified location. Training, insurance, parking and snacks/meals would be provided.

NEJM COVID-19 Center: The scientific community is coming together to share information openly with no restrictions on access to COVID-19 articles. Look for KCMS physicians to be contributing their expertise soon.

ACP Physicians Guide: The ACP has released a physician’s guide on the novel coronavirus that can be reviewed whether a member or not.

WAFP Advice for Family Physicians: Resources and links from the WAFP webpage regarding CDC guidance, AAFP information, and COVID-19 updates in other areas, and more.

Regence BlueShield Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Resources: Regence is working with our providers, care managers and customer service professionals to ensure they have the latest information about the virus so we can work together to inform and support our members who have questions or concerns.

Seattle & King County’s News and Blog: See Public Health – Seattle & King County’s News and Blog webpage for current case updates and new recommendations to reduce risk of spread of COVID-19.

American Medical Association Resource Center for Physicians: The AMA and CDC are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19

WHO Occupational Health Resources: Resources for the protection of health workers and emergency responders, including the rights, roles, and responsibilities of health workers during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Update from AAP: A Message from the American Academy of Pediatrics President Sally Goza, MD, FAAP.

AHIP: Health Insurance Providers Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19): America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) information on the steps insurance providers are taking to provide patients with high quality healthcare in response to COVID-19.

Health Insurance and COVID-19 Information from the OIC: Health insurance information for insurers and medical providers from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

DHHS Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus: HIPAA Privacy Rule during the COVID-19 outbreak and other outbreaks of infectious disease or emergency situations.

COVID-19 Testing Information for Healthcare Providers: Updated testing information from the Washington State Department of Health. There are no restrictions on who can be tested, however, public health is asking providers to follow the recommendations listed and prioritize patients with certain symptoms.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters: Updated information from the World Health Organization addressing and dispelling common myths that have surfaced in regards to symptoms, spread, and treatment of COVID-19.

MedPro Group Latest News: MedPro Group Insurance’s recently updated FAQs for the developing COVID-19 situation.

Providence Federal Credit Union: Providence Federal Credit Union offers a zero percent interest hardship loan option to caregivers who qualify.

The Public Health Reserve Corps: PHRC is a nationally-recognized Medical Reserve Corps donating thousands of hours of services each year to promote the health and wellbeing of King County residents. Changing circumstances are leading Public Health — Seattle & King County to reshape the PHRC into a leaner, more focused response organization going forward.

Society of Critical Care Medicine: The SCCM, non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care, has a variety of resources including a series of COVID-19 Webcasts.

Special Coding Advice from the AMA: American Medical Association coding advice and scenarios during the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Caregiver Well-Being Resources: Find information on available support, including financial assistance and mental health resources.

Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety: Expert Tips: Five ways individuals and families can manage corona virus-related anxiety.

Senior Guide to Mental Health During Coronavirus: Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAP Critical Updates on Covid-19: The American Academy of Pediatrics updates on guidance and resources.

PSA: What your doctor wants you to know: Why wear a mask?: WSMA President Bill Hirota, MD, explains how wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

PSA: What your doctor wants you to know: How to wear a mask safely: WSMA President Bill Hirota, MD, gives tips on how to safely and effectively wear, remove, and clean masks. Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe and healthy during COVID-19 by always wearing a mask in public.

Telehealth Resources

WSHA Telehealth Resources: Telehealth organizations, funding agencies, and other tools from the Washington State Hospital Association for physicians looking to adopt telehealth into their practice during this crisis.

Regence BlueShield Virtual Care Policy: Regence BlueShield policies regarding virtual care. There are no Prior Authorizations required for testing of COVID-19.

AAP Telehealth Care and After Hours Care: American Academy of Pediatrics guidance related to pediatric telehealth care.

HCA Offers Limited Number of No-cost Telehealth Technology Licenses for Providers: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Care Authority has acquired a limited number of licenses for Zoom, a video conferencing technology that helps health care providers continue seeing patients without a physical encounter. Click the link above for more information on how to apply.

Governor Inslee Signs Proclamation for Telemedicine Payment Parity: Telemedicine payment parity for WA state was scheduled to occur in 2021 under SB 5385, but with the dramatic societal changes related to COVID-19, the time was now for this parity to be instituted.

AAP News: The American Academy of Pediatrics urges insurers to extend telehealth payments during COVID-19 pandemic.

Media

King County Press Conference – February 28

KCMS Members Dr. Jeff Duchin (Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer) and Dr. Francis Riedo (Infectious Disease Society of Washington, President) addressing the public about the presence of COVID-19 in our community.

King County Press Conference – March 2

KCMS member and King County Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin disseminates expert opinion on the current transmission status of COVID-19 in our community. EvergreenHealth CMO for Quality and Safety Dr. Ettore Palazzo speaks about the rapid initiation of protocols at his institution in response to recent changes in CDC Guidelines. These physician leaders convened with an expert workgroup from the CDC’s Prevention Epicenter Program, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease to discuss response efforts in our area.

Article: Faulty Test Results in Washington

Seattle Times article, mentioning KCMS Member Dr. Jeff Duchin (Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer), details how COVID-19 spread quietly for weeks in Washington.

Article: Blood donations needed

Blood drives have been canceled throughout the US because of the coronavirus. Blood donations are much needed during this time.

Podcast: Moving to the Frontlines

PEDS RAP podcast for those considering frontline work. Topics include pearls and pitfalls regarding PPE, management of stable suspected COVID-19 patients, respiratory interventions, diagnostic and radiology patterns, and provider self-care tips.

Article: Characteristics and Outcomes of 21 Critically Ill Patients with Covid-19 in WA

Research article on the first description of critically ill patients in the US.

Article: Public Health calls for community safety as fentanyl-involved deaths rise

Public Health – Seattle & King County on the impact of fentanyl, community safety, and access to treatment during Covid-19.

Articles on re-opening and what needs to be in place before relaxing current measures.