Covid-19 Resources


American Psychiatric Association

Board of Registration in Medicine - Licensing
Center for Disease Control
CMS – Medicare
DEA
Division of Insurance
From the Governor
From the Attorney General
Insurance Provider information
MassHealth
MA Department of Mental Health
MA Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Medical Society
Risk Management Resources
SAMHSA
Telehealth
MPS Disaster Committee Resources


American Psychiatric Association

Telepsychiatry and COVID-19
APA Advises on Mental Health Care Delivery Resources During This Crisis
Practice Guidance for COVID-19
APA - New CMS changes to Billing for Audio Only - Retroactive to March 1, 2020 - Updated 5.11.20


Board of Registration in Medicine - Licensing

Important Information Regarding Physician Licensure during the State of Emergency

Continuing Medical Education (CME). This interim policy waives the continuing medical education (CME) requirement for licenses which are due for renewal on April 2, 2020 through and including Dec. 31, 2020. The full text of the policy may be found here


Center for Disease Control

COVID-19 Page/Resources
CDC Advises on Stress Management
CDC Speaks on Evidence Based Communication Strategies in Times of a Disaster
CDC Guidance for Group Living Environments


CMS – Medicare

As information about billing is frequently changing, we encourage MPS members to contact the APA link above directly with questions.

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Fact Sheet 3.17.2020
COVID-19 CMS Expands Telehealth Press Release Final 3.17.20
COVID19 Telehealth Waiver FAQ Final 3.17.20
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers including telehealth 4.30.20
APA - New CMS changes to Billing for Audio Only - Retroactive to March 1, 2020 - Updated 5.11.20
Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions 4.2.20


DEA

COVID-19 Information Page


Division of Insurance

March 16, 2020 – Emergency measures to address and stop the spread of COVID-19 (telehealth)
March 16, 2020 – Addressing COVID-19 Treatment and Testing
April, 30, 2020 - Relaxing Certain Health Plan Administrative Procedures including Prior Authorizations During the COVID-19 Health Emergency


From the Governor

COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Health and Human Services Reopening Approach May 18, 2020
Reopening Massachusetts - May 18, 2020
Executive Order-essential services order extension (May 4-May 18, 2020)
EXHIBIT A OF THE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR ASSURING CONTINUED OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, CLOSING CERTAIN WORKPLACES AND PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE - March 23, 2020-April 7, 2020
Executive Order 3-31-2020 – essential services order extension April 7-May 4, 2020
Executive Order 3-17-2020 – extending the registration of certain licensed health care providers allowing telehealth practice
Executive Order 3-17-2020 – expanding access to physician services expanding physician licensing
Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund


From the Attorney General

FrontlineMA.org – centralized information for front line workers, including personal protective equipment (PPE), prioritized testing, safe housing, meals, self-care and emergency child care.


Insurance Provider information

As information about billing is frequently changing, we encourage MPS members to contact plans directly with questions.

Contact list for all major health plans http://www.massmed.org/Patient-Care/COVID-19/MAHP-Chart-COVID-19-Provider-Communications/  
MA Association of Health Plans, Q/A about Covid-related billing.  http://www.massmed.org/Patient-Care/COVID-19/MMS-MHA-Questions-for-MAHP/

Beacon
Beacon Broadcast – March 16, 2020 - Billing for Covered Services Delivered via Telehealth
Beacon Provider Update – March 20, 2020 – Update to Providers Increasing Members’ Access to Telehealth
Beacon Provider Resources


Blue Cross Blue Shield – Covid-19 Information for Providers
BlueCross BlueShield
BCBS Telemedicine Payment Policy Medical

Harvard Pilgrim
Optum
Tufts
UnitedHealthcare


MassHealth

Provider Resource: Telephone and Internet Connectivity for Telehealth - April 2, 2020
MassHealth Telehealth Network Provider Bulletin 1 - April 2020
Provider Participation Requirements, Covered Encounters and Other Information
MassHealth FAQs for Behavioral Health
MassHealth Bulletin 289 – March 2020
Massachusetts Network of Care
MassHealth Bulletin 291 - MassHealth Coverage and Reimbursement Policy for Services Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 2020
MassHealth Bulletin 293 - Flexibilities for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services During COVID-19 State of Emergency
MassHealth Bulletin 294 - MassHealth Coverage Flexibilities for Services Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 - May 2020


MA Department of Mental Health

DMH #20-03 Admission and Treatment of Patients with COVID-19 5/1/20
DMH #20-04 COVID-19 PANDEMIC GUIDANCE Admission and EPIA to support movement of pts needing inpt admission out of EDs 5/20/20
DMH #20-05 directives regarding infection control mgmt. of covid 19 in licensed facilities 5/21/20
        DMH bulletin #20-05 - COVID-19 Infection Control and Other Requirements in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
        DMH bulletin #20-05 - COVID-19 Tier 1
        DMH bulletin #20-05- COVID-19 Tier 2
        DMH bulletin #20-05 - COVID-19 Infection Control and Other Requirements in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Attestation



MA Department of Public Health

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Crisis Standards of Care Planning Guidance for the COVID-19 Pandemic April 7, 2020
Guidance for Group Living Environments was issued by MA DPH - 4.12.20


Massachusetts Medical Society

Tips for Expanding Practice During COVID-19 - May 2020
COVID-19 website and resources including telehealth
COVID-19 Insurance Billing Guidelines for Telehealth Service
MAResponds.org Health Care Professional Volunteers at https://www.mass.gov/health-services-covid-19-volunteer-form
The MMS has just launched a new resource page dedicated to  Mindfulness & Compassion in the Time of COVID-19: Tools to Stay Steady and Calm.  http://www.massmed.org/mindfulness/Physicians can self-claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit(tm) if they wish.


Risk Management Resources

American Professional Agency, Inc. (APA, Inc)
Telehealth & COVID-19 Resources

Professional Risk Management Services (PRMS)
COVID 19 bulletins


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

https://www.samhsa.gov


Telehealth

Patient Telehealth Consent Form
Medicare Telehealth Code List for CY 2019 and 2020
HIPAA and telehealth
Telepsychiatry and COVID-19
Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Fact Sheet 03.17.2020
COVID-19 CMS Expands Telehealth Press Release Final 3.17.20
COVID19 Telehealth Waiver FAQ Final 3.17.20
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers including telehealth 4.30.20

March 16, 2020 – Emergency measures to address and stop the spread of COVID-19 (telehealth)
Executive Order 3-17-2020 – extending the registration of certain licensed health care providers allowing telehealth practice
Provider Resource: Telephone and Internet Connectivity for Telehealth April 2, 2020
MassHealth Telehealth Network Provider Bulletin 1 - April 2020
COVID-19 website and resources including telehealth
COVID-19 Insurance Billing Guidelines for Telehealth Service
American Professional Agency, Inc. (APA, Inc) Telehealth & COVID-19 Resources
Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions 4.2.20
APA - New CMS changes to Billing for Audio Only - Retroactive to March 1, 2020 - Updated 5.11.20


MPS Disaster Committee Resources

Stoddard - Holzman - MPS Covid_19 Town Meeting
Stoddard - Covid-19
Handout - Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
Handout - Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
Handout - For Providers and Community Leaders - Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
Handout - First Responders-Mental Health Consequences of Natural and Human-Made Disasters for Public Health and Public Safety Workers

These resources intended to assist psychiatrists and the public in responding to COVID-19.
MPS will continue to update this page with resources developed by both MPS and other organizations.
Links to resources shared by other organizations are not intended to imply an endorsement of the organization.