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BETA Healthcare Group is committed to keeping its members informed on topics related to the COVID-19 outbreak and to help our healthcare facility members during this unprecedented time. We have formed an internal COVID-19 Task Force dedicated to answering our members questions and providing information and resources.

This page is your source for risk considerations related to COVID-19, links to helpful resources across various healthcare settings and situations, and links to BETA group purchasing/supplier information. The Risk Blog information provided below is general guidance and provided for informational purposes only.

For risk or underwriting concerns specific to your organization around COVID-19, please contact us at riskmgmt@betahg.com.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, facilities and physician are offering visits and providing consultation via Telehealth. Telehealth specifically applies to video interactions and the interchange of data via Facetime, Skype, Zoom, etc. It does not apply to strictly telephonic (audio only) conversations or consultations. In audio-only situations, providers are dispensing medical advice, not Telehealth as it is defined in California. Important to consider from a risk perspective is – where is the provider located and where is the patient located. If they are not in California, reach out to your BETA Risk Manager or Underwriter for information and guidance.

Physicians are moving from the ED to inpatient settings as well as retired physicians coming out of retirement to volunteer during this COVID-19 situation. For volunteering physicians, is their license active? Do they plan to assist for more than 5 days? If planning to volunteer for more than 5 days, contact your broker or BETA to ensure that medical malpractice coverage is extended (coverage is available for up to 30 days due to the state of emergency and can be added on a case-by-case basis).

Facilities are moving to share space (and sometimes resources). If a facility is considering such an arrangement, key risk considerations revolve around how much is going to be shared? It is just the space itself?  Are personnel going to be shared? Is the space to house COVID-19 patients or are there other patients too? Who is staffing and how are they trained? Reach out to your BETA Risk Manager for information and guidance specific to your particular situation.

COVID-19 Resource Links: Protecting Patients and Your Workforce

CHA: Coronavirus Response: One-Stop Shop for Guidance, Updates, Info

         https://www.calhospital.org/coronavirus

CMA: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

https://www.cmadocs.org/covid-19/faq

         CDC: How to Fit and Remove a Disposable Respirator

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-133/pdfs/2010-133.pdf

         Federal OSHA: Respiratory Fit Testing Video

https://www.osha.gov/video/respiratory_protection/fittesting.html

CDC: COVID-19 Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html

CDC: U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html

CDC: Keeping the Workplace Safe (PDF)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

CDC: Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/hcp-return-work.html

CDC: COVID-19 Communication Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/index.html

Cal OSHA: Interim Guidance for Protecting Healthcare Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Coronavirus-info.html

EEOC: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and COVID-19

https://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm?renderforprint=1&fbclid=IwAR2e5X5Em6AmM

Federal OSHA: COVID-19 Resources

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

Federal OSHA: Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html

SHRM: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources (Communicating with Employees, FMLA, more)

https://bit.ly/2QIYKCL 

AAFP: Checklist to Prepare Physician Offices for COVID-19

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/public_health/COVID-19%20Office%20Prep%20Checklist.pdf

University of Washington COVID-19 Policies and Protocols Resource Site

https://covid-19.uwmedicine.org/Pages/default.aspx

CMA: COVID-19 Physician Volunteer Form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEe87iBRFYyI62AUamy1a0TQ0Cjv42PlBqzXwxmFEaqmGyEw/viewform

Relias COVID-19 Training Resources and Publications

https://www.relias.com/topic/coronavirus

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