updated Monday, March 23, 2020
Association leadership and staff continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus situation, locally and nationally. Several members have asked that we offer some guidance to the membership. While we cannot establish guidelines, we can provide access to resources and share some commonsense recommendations.
In Your Office:
Ask staff to contact the next day’s patients to screen for illness.
“We’re just calling to confirm your appointment for tomorrow. How are you feeling?”
“Have you had any fever or chills?”
“Has anyone in your home, church, or school been ill/had a cough?”
“Have you or a family been recently traveled outside the US/been exposed to Covid-19?”
Same questions should be asked at check-in.
Waiting areas should be sprayed/wiped down with sanitizing agents at least twice each day, and after any patient who has a noticeable cough.
Remove reading material from your waiting area, including magazines, brochures, et cetera.
If you have a cup of pens at the front desk for patients to sign in, remove the cup and leave one pen that is sanitized between patients.
Consider asking patients to come alone, unless absolutely necessary.
Consider limiting your patients to those with emergent issues and postponing appointments for patients needing routine foot care for at least 30 days.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before AND after each patient
If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If using hand sanitizer, cover the front and back of both hands and between fingers and rub together until dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you are sick, stay home. If a staff member is sick or has a sick family member, encourage them to stay home.
Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing, or sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands immediately after sneezing or coughing.
Sanitize high-touch locations at least twice a day and after any patient who has a noticeable cough (doorknobs, light switches, faucets, computer keyboard and mouse)
Members can review the FAQs from APMA! There is information about billing and coding for telehealth.
Additional information from CMS regarding telehealth is available HERE.
Please review FAQs for Healthcare Professionals from the Centers for Disease Control.
HERE is the CDCs guidance regarding what to do if you are sick.
The Virginia Department of Health has published their own FAQs.