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While you're waiting for your piece of the $100 billion emergency fund that's part of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, you may want to consider an expanded advanced payment plan offered by CMS, as well as loans offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
 
 
Be ready to provide employees with a note that allows them to travel during a shelter-in-place order, consider limits to non-essential services and find out how to fast-track telehealth services during the current pandemic. These are just three snippets of advice in the batch of resources for private practices that the American Medical Association (AMA) released today.
 
Medical practice backers and industry groups are cheering the $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that President Trump signed into law today to combat the severe economic consequences of the developing COVID-19 crisis.
 
You can use readily available communications apps such as Google Hangouts and Skype to provide telehealth and communications-based services to all patients during the COVID-19 emergency, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified. But make sure the app or platform you use meets OCR’s guidelines.
 
 
Practices interested in how to code telehealth visits and encounters involving COVID-19 -- in light of recent waivers and policy changes -- can review 11 new coding scenarios released March 25 by the AMA.
 

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