Find out how Academy leadership is supporting AAOS members during this challenging time.
Visit the AMA resource center for updates and tools to help manage patients, health and practices during this challenging time.
Visit the CDC for COVID-19 disease information and healthcare guidance for healthcare profesionals
The Maine CDC website contains updates on the disease specific to Maine as well as current state mandates .
This site shows current studies and clinical vaccine trials underway, as well as diagnosis and treatment guidelines.
Both chambers of Congress passed and President Trump signed into law The Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act, which allocates an additional $321 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. New applications can be submitted starting on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am. Any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of this guidance and repays the loan in full by May 7, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith
The Academy believes that decisions regarding when and how elective surgery should begin are best decided on a local basis. To help members prepare for these conversations, they have developed clinical considerations for navigating COVID-19 and are recommending the following universally applied guiding principles:
Once the decision is made to resume elective surgery, other important issues that must be addressed include:
Again, decisions regarding these factors are best made on a local basis. For example, in areas of low disease burden, elective surgery may not need to be phased in and can start all at once. In other areas, where personnel and equipment have been repurposed, a more phased-in approach is necessary. The principles guiding velocity of return include:
There is much debate about the availability and utility of COVID-19 testing for patients and staff. Despite the debate, it is likely that perioperative patient testing and universal staff testing will be required.
* Reproductive Number: It is the average number of secondary infections produced by a typical case of an infection in a population where everyone is susceptible. If the number is >1, then the case numbers increase. If it is <1, they decrease.
A new CPT® code has been created that streamlines novel coronavirus testing offered by hospitals, health systems and laboratories in the United States. The code is effective March 13, 2020 for use as the industry standard for reporting of novel coronavirus tests across the nation’s health care system.
Please note that, per the standard early release delivery process for CPT codes, you will need to manually upload this code descriptor into your EHR system. This CPT code will arrive as part of the complete CPT code set in the data file for 2021 later this year. Review and download the full CPT code descriptor release.
For the latest information and guidelines regarding telemedicine via telephone and video conferencing, download the AAOS Telemedicine Resource Guide
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Find comprehensive telemedicine coding information for COVID-19: AAOS Coding Guide for COVID-19
For the latest information and guidelines regarding telemedicine via telephone and video conferencing: AAOS Telemedicine Resource Guide