Louisiana State Medical Society
COVID-19 Bulletin #14 (4/20/2020)
April 20, 2020 by Chris LeBouef

The Louisiana Department of Health Releases Notice to Reopen Healthcare in Louisiana

This evening, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) issued Notice #2020-COVID 19-ALL-010, allowing physicians to reopen their offices for non-emergent care and allowing patients to have postponed elective medical procedures and surgeries.
Effective, Monday, April 27, 2020, medical and surgical procedures are allowed to treat emergency medical conditions, to avoid further harms from underlying condition or disease, and to treat time-sensitive medical conditions, provided that the facility/provider ensure that certain conditions are met. Such as, pre-operative clinical evaluations to minimize the risk that the patient has COVID-19 and comprehensive follow-up evaluations. The order establishes processes for these visits and mandates use of the CDC guidelines released yesterday.

Further allowed under Section III, providers receive some flexibility on seeing patients for routine healthcare. While it encourages continued use of telehealth, it suggests you may determine its appropriateness on a case-by-case basis. You are further encouraged to use appropriate CDC and LDH guidelines to minimize exposure to patients and staff.

LSMS is grateful to have been able to work with the Department as they updated the order. Our staff has been communicating with the Department on a regular basis to discuss this and other regulatory orders impacting you and your practices. We urge you to continue letting us know how you are being impacted.

Click here to read Notice #2020-COVID 19-ALL-010 from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Click here to read the CDC Guidelines.

Webinar: "COVID-19 Update for Medical Practices​: Telehealth Coding and Billing"

Featuring a Q & A Session with Representatives from Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Louisiana Healthcare Connections and
Healthy Louisiana

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Noon

Physicians, healthcare providers and practice staff are invited to a complimentary LAMMICO Practice Solutions webinar on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. presented by LAMMICO Practice Management Specialist, Natalie B. Cohen, MBA, MHA, and Kim Huey, an independent coding and reimbursement consultant.
Ms. Huey is a nationally recognized and acclaimed speaker, reimbursement consultant and coder. She has multiple certifications in coding and compliance through the American Academy of Professional Coders, American Health Information Management Association, and the Health Care Compliance Association. Kim is the co-author of AHIMA’s “Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services, 2020.”  She is known as "Kim the Coder." 

After Ms. Huey's presentation on changes affecting the delivery, coding and reimbursement of telehealth and telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from some commercial and Medicaid payors such as Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Healthy Louisiana, will participate in an interactive Q & A session.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

LSMS T-Shirt Fundraiser

About this campaign

Since its inception in 1878, the LSMS has worked for a singular purpose: to advance healthcare in the state of Louisiana. By supporting physicians, we work to promote excellence in the practice of medicine, even during troubled times. Together, with your help, we can continue to provide assistance to physicians across Louisiana as we work to conquer COVID-19.

This campaign ends Monday, May 4, 2020, and shirts will ship two weeks after the campaign closes. Thank you in advance for supporting the LSMS.

Click here to order your shirt today!

HealthSYNC Offering Complimentary Emergency Participation

HealthSYNC, a KONZA Health Information Exchange (HIE), is offering Louisiana physicians free access to the HIE. HealthSYNC believes providing physicians with patient information including lab values, medical histories and hospital information will help physicians in their efforts to fight COVID-19. Getting access is easy and can be done by clicking here and selecting “emergency participation agreement” or by contacting HealthSYNC Director, Jeremy Lapeyrouse, at jeremy@lsms.org.

LSMS Resources

The LSMS COVID-19 Resources are offered for all physicians. They are not behind a members-only section. We encourage you to share our information, newsletters and links with your peers as it is to everyone's advantage to have any information available.

You can find this information on our website, here.

Please recognize it remains a work in progress that we will continue to update as information becomes available. Additionally, at the bottom of the page is a form for you to share information with us or ask questions to which we may be able to help you get answers.
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