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    Hospital PPE Requests to Dentists Business Information and HR ResourcesFREE C.E. ResourcesInsurance InformationLDA/LDS Endorsed Company ResourcesManaging Stress and AnxietyNODC/LDAAS CanceledPatient InformationVolunteer Opportunities NEW ADA President's Letter: SBA Clarifies Rule with Read More
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    LDA Past President Dr. Jeff Hooton informed the LDA that Darby Dental was improperly charging sales tax on many items.  After LDA communicated with him, Darby’s Director of Finance is Read More
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coronavirus

Hospital PPE Requests to Dentists

Business Information and HR Resources
FREE C.E. Resources
Insurance Information
LDA/LDS Endorsed Company Resources
Managing Stress and Anxiety
NODC/LDAAS Canceled

Patient Information
Volunteer Opportunities


NEW ADA President's Letter: SBA Clarifies Rule with ADA - Dentists indeed are eligible for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans

NEW ADA President's Letter: Department of Labor Issues Regulations on Exemptions for Small Businesses Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

ADA Interim Guidance Flowcharts for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Summary of ADA COVID-19 Interim Guidance

FAQs - Employer Obligations and Personnel Issues

The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), along with the American Dental Association (ADA), is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and will keep members updated on any new developments and recommendations to support the health and safety of Louisiana dentistry patients and dental health personnel. The LDA is closely monitoring this situation and updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization, the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Board of Dentistry and the Governor’s Office.

LDH Directive on 30-Day Office Closures for all but Emergent Cases: In case you did not receive the directive of the LA Department of Health (LDH) through the LSBD: Louisiana dentists received the attached notice. It is vital you review this directive ASAP, if you have not already done so.

UDPATE: Additional Guidance Relating to LDH Healthcare Directive, Notice #2020 - Dental Provider - COVID-19 - 004

Representatives of the LDA’s Emerging Health Issues Rapid Response Task Force and of the LSBD have been engaged in discussions with LDH officials seeking clarification and additional information pertaining to the Dental Provider Directive released by LDH on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. CLICK HERE: The discussions with LDH led to the development by LDA and LSBD of the attached additional guidance for dentists. This document has been approved by LDH as a means of providing information to Louisiana dentists to assist them in interpreting, and complying with, the LDH directive.

Gov. Edwards Stay At Home Order - announced 3/22/20

Louisiana's Child Care Assistance Program for Families
Article: Childcare assistance available for essential employees

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

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.pdf

Health care associated infections/sign up for emails from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/index.html

The LDA Board of Directors' intent is to support our member dentists in their efforts to cope with this situation. Along with the ADA, we will be actively exploring all possible options to mitigate the impact on members of the pandemic response. We are also reaching out to LDH in an effort to ensure there is ongoing dialogue in regard to any further guidance relating to this order or any other action the department may contemplate.

Continue to watch for emails, text messages and Facebook posts from the LDA as developments change or decisions are made.

If you are not signed up, here’s how to do so:

Members are getting emails: If you are a member and are not getting emails, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Text messages: Sign up at http://myrapidcast.com/signup/lda.aspx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LDA1878/ or @LDA1878

The ADA has put together an excellent source of information at www.ada.org/virus. There is also a link to Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions that was developed as a result of questions from dentists/members. The main virus link also contains a downloadable version of the website that can be printed to hand to staff and other employees. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “recommends dentists who are concerned about a potential or imminent shortage of personal protective equipment monitor its health care supply webpage for updated guidance.”  Dentists can email additional questions related to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The ADA also urges dentists to view the CDC's COVID-19 situation webpage for current insight.

CDC issued supplemental guidance for dental settings during COVID-19 on March 26, 2020. Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html.  It supplements, but does not replace the the general infection prevention and control (IPC) recommendations for COVID-19.

ADA Calls Upon Dentists to Postpone Elective Procedures

World Health Organization COVID-19 Information

The LA Department of Health Coronavirus information link is also being updated frequently with numbers of presumptive and confirmed cases and parishes they are located. LDH has also compiled a wealth of information for the public, as well as updates for Medicaid providers.

There is also a Coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ADA resource center for dentists: https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/infectious-diseases-2019-novel-coronavirus?utm_source=adaorg&utm_medium=VanityURL

Cybersecurity related to working remotely: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/cyber-criminals-find-opportunity-in-76448/

Patient Information

CDC videos for patients: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cdc+brief+COVID-19

Patient info from ADA before visiting the dental office: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/infection-control

Mouth Health Info on Dental Appointments and COVID-19: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/covid-19?utm_source=Societies&utm_medium=QuickLinks&utm_conent=covid-19-mh&utm_campaign=covid-19

Patient info from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/patientsafety/patient-safety.html

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also working diligently to provide the public with up-to-date guidance and resources, including information and FAQs regarding disinfectants. https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus


Business Information and HR Resources

Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program to Offer Loans for Small Businesses Up to $100,000

FAQs - Employer Obligations and Personnel Issues

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses


ADA Guidance on CARES Act

Senate Small Business Committee “Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act”

List of SBA 7(a) Lenders

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also offered guidance on small business loans offered through the CARES Act. Access a helpful Small Business Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist HERE.

LDA legal council has provided information on Business Interruption and COVID-19.

SBA Provides Low-Interest Disaster Loans: The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

NOTE: SBA Loan Application Link Errors
Likely due to enormous demand, the link to the SBA site is working sporadically. The ADA has found a possible workaround. Go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ and hit the middle circle that says apply online. This appears to allow applicants through.

Article: SBA: Louisiana businesses eligible for COVID-19 disaster loans
SBA Webinar (in pdf format) explaining process

Article: First-quarter unemployment tax payments deferred for Louisiana employers

Resources from Louisiana Workforce Commission: Information for employers and workers in Louisiana, including unemployment insurance assistance, can be found at http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/COVID_19_Information.asp. This link also includes an email for the Rapid Response Unit which helps with temporary or permanent layoffs due to COVID-19, Andre France - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is also a link to the American Job Center, which is a listing of job centers in the state: http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/AJC_Contacts.pdf

Coronavirus Tax Relief from the IRS

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available. The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

Louisiana Tax Relief: the filing and payment deadline for income and franchise tax returns has been administratively extended to July 15, 2020.

Brown & Brown Insurance to Offer HR and Other Business Resources: https://www.bbgulfstates.com/covid-19-resources/


FREE C.E. Resources

The LDA is gathering information on free online C.E. opportunities for dental professionals and will post links at http://www.ladental.org/free-ce-resources.


Insurance Information

Fortress Professional Liability
Fortress is encouraging those insureds who have significantly curtailed their practice hours due to COVID-19 to apply for part-time status. This will keep your professional liability coverage in force so you can continue to provide treatment for dental emergencies while also extending some premium relief until such time as you are permitted to return to business. Review this information for more details. Should you wish to apply for this credit simply follow the instructions for submitting the request. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Stormy Blair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (985) 674-3886. 

COVID-19 Coding and Billing Interim Guidance
(Put together by the ADA and will be updated as necessary.)

The following information was gathered by the ADA and will be updated as necessary. This is evolving guidance and will be modified as more information becomes available. Upon consulting the LSBD for clarification, the LDA was told that a dentist in Louisiana can practice via teledentistry as long as they have a Louisiana license. Also posted at www.ada.org/virus.
VERSION: March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Business Income Losses
(Submitted by LDA endorsed marketing agency, Brown & Brown)

Our agency is getting many inquiries regarding the insurance implications of this virus, and the most common question relates to business income, specifically: “Is there business income coverage if a governmental authority (civil authority) requires businesses to close?"

The short answer is no, there is no business income coverage. Before business income responds, there must be damage to property leading to the cessation of a business. This requirement applies to business income dependent property losses and civil authority losses covered by business income policies. Additionally, there is a specific property exclusion applicable to viruses that may (generally will) apply.

The above is true of “standard" business income forms; there may be some proprietary forms that respond, but these are rare and not likely found in policies for small businesses.

Insurance brokers do not have authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the insurance carrier. Additionally, given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation there may be pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.  Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for determination of coverage.

If you are a Brown & Brown insured, contact Stormy Blair, Vice President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (888) 503-5547 for more information or to file a claim.

Feel free to contact us at www.bbgulfstate.com/asp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-888-503-5547 for more information or to file a claim.

 
Managing Stress and Anxiety
 
From the CDC: 
 
Other resources provided by the ADA:
  1. Under Stress? We’re Here to Help: refers to the well-being directory, the handbook, and a resource sheet on identifying stress.
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Webinar] An on-demand webinar that addresses how to identify stress, recognize the physical and mental impacts of stress, and how to manage the negative types of stress.
  3. Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Your Stress [video series]
  4. Keeping Calm in the Coronavirus: You’ve Got This!
  5. Got Grief? Four tasks to help you recover from the coronavirus blues


Volunteer Opportunities
 

Louisiana's COVID-19 Health Care Volunteer Form

This is a partnership with the LA Department of Health and higher education institutions in Louisiana to mobilize Louisiana students and graduates in health care professions. They are looking for volunteers with backgrounds in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, counseling, mental/behavioral health, laboratory science, among others. The group created an online portal to sign up volunteers.

The LA Department of Health Website also has a registration form for both medical and non-medical volunteers:
https://www.lava.dhh.louisiana.gov/.

Article: https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_ad68fd94-71d6-11ea-8814-4fd3e5dc2921.html



 Department of Labor Issues Regulations on Exemptions for Small Businesses Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Hello, Fellow Dentists:

On April 1, the ADA issued an interim recommendation that dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.

Dentists around the country continue to navigate the unprecedented business challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Dental Association has learned more from the Department of Labor about what business and employment provisions could mean for you.  

The second legislative package Congress developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), included provisions regarding emergency paid sick leave and the expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Under the paid sick leave provisions, employers could be required to pay two weeks of sick leave to employees under certain circumstances, including:

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order;
  2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
  3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. The employee is caring for an individual to which points 1 or 2 apply;
  5. The employee is caring for a child if the child’s school or place of care has been closed; or,
  6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and the Treasury.

Under the FMLA provisions, employers could be required to pay for up to 10 weeks of leave, but only for those employees who must care for their children because their school or child care center is closed.

However, H.R. 6201 gave the Secretary of Labor the authority to exempt businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the requirement that they provide paid sick leave and extended family medical leave when the child’s school or place of care has been closed if “such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.”

The ADA and other dental organizations sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) asking that small dental practices be included under this exemption. We additionally asked that the Secretary “not require each dental practice to apply for an exemption.”

On April 1, the DOL issued a rule implementing H.R. 6201. This rule says that a small business with fewer than 50 employees may claim the exemptions if:

  1. The leave would cause the small employer’s expenses and financial obligations to exceed available business revenue and cause the small employer to cease operating at a minimal capacity;
  2. The absence of the employee or employees would pose a substantial risk to the financial health or operational capacity of the small employer because of their specialized skills, knowledge of the business, or responsibilities; or,
  3. The small employer cannot find enough other workers who are able, willing, and qualified, and who will be available at the time and place needed, to perform the labor or services the employer or employees requesting leave provide, and these labor or services are needed for the employer to operate at a minimal capacity.  

An authorized officer of the business has to determine that the business meets one or more of these criteria, and the business must document that it meets those criteria. That documentation should be kept on file by the business for four years but it does not need to be sent to the DOL.

The ADA has checked with the DOL and they have confirmed that dental office owners are not required to pay paid sick leave or extended family leave—if the employee has a child whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19—as long as they meet at least one of the three criteria above.

The DOL has additional information for employers and employees on COVID-19 that can be found here.

The ADA will keep you informed on relevant legislative updates in the weeks to come. For more COVID-19 resources, visit ADA.org/virus.

Stay well,
Chad P. Gehani, DDS
ADA President


 
 
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