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PPE Lists Gathered by LDA and LDH
LA Department of Health Approved Testing Sites
Updated Clarification from LA Department of Health Regarding the 4/20 Memo to Begin "Time Sensitive" Procedures 4/27
(Note: Page 2, Allowable Procedures)
4-20-20 Memo from LA Department of Health
Please read the dental section on pages 4 and 5 and take note:
Time-Sensitive Dental Conditions:
3 (a) Subject to paragraph (b) below, dental providers are allowed to treat time-sensitive dental conditions, provided that the facility and/or healthcare provider ensure that the attached algorithms 2 and 3 and CDC Guidelines are followed for screening patients and for treating patients.
B. Any dental procedure in which a delay will not adversely affect the particular patient or the underlying disease process should continue to be postponed.
C. Each dental facility or dental provider that performs any dental procedure shall be required to contact the patient within 10-14 days after the procedure to determine whether the patient has signs/symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 since the procedure. Such contact shall be documented in the patient’s medical record. The dental facility or dental provider shall make recommendations to the patient who has signs/symptoms of COVID-19, including appropriate testing. Further, the dental facility or dental provider shall immediately inform the Office of Public Health, via electronic notification, if any such patient has tested positive for COVID-19.
Algorithms 2 and 3 Attachments
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.
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 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.
CBS This Morning Video (Safe to Go to the Dentist): https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/e5mN_l1Vvpm94iY8hAJUhXmOfsUDOqNZ/is-it-safe-to-go-to-the-dentist-amid-covid-19-/
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 Healthy 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
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.
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.
Article: First-quarter unemployment tax payments deferred for Louisiana employers
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/
Updated 6/1/20: COVID-19 Malpractice and Employer’s Liability Concerns
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.
From the National Institute of Mental Health:
- Under Stress? We’re Here to Help: refers to the well-being directory, the handbook, and a resource sheet on identifying stress.
- 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.
- Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Your Stress [video series]
- Keeping Calm in the Coronavirus: You’ve Got This!
- Got Grief? Four tasks to help you recover from the coronavirus blues
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:
Department of Labor Issues Regulations on Exemptions for Small Businesses Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Hello, Fellow Dentists:
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.
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.