The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is keenly aware of the need to protect employees of dental practices returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 11, 2020, OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect dental industry workers from exposure to COVID-19. OSHA’s alert is consistent with the … Continue Reading
***UPDATE: The PA DOH is now permitting dental practices to re-open for non-urgent or elective care. Please see our post summarizing the guidance here: PA Dental Practices Permitted to Re-Open for Routine Cleanings
In Guidance issued May 8, 2020 and May 9, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has now permitted medical and dental practices across the Commonwealth to … Continue Reading
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued revised Guidance effective April 27, 2020, permitting ambulatory surgery facilities (ASFs) to resume the performance of elective procedures, if the ASF makes an affirmative decision that it is able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the ASF’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
In determining whether … Continue Reading
In a severe act, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf has ordered all health care providers, facilities, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to report their inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE), certain pharmaceutical drugs and other medical resources to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) by Monday, April 16, 2020. The purpose of the reporting is to facilitate the Commonwealth’s purchase of such … Continue Reading
***UPDATE: To reflect pertinent and helpful material for our clients in various states throughout the country, this post has been updated with further information.
Over the last few weeks, State Governors and Governmental Authorities (including State Boards of Medicine) have issued orders and guidance permitting temporary out-of-state licensure for physicians in light of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.
Note that physicians operating … Continue Reading
****The DOH has now revised its Order to permit dental practices to resume non-urgent and elective care with limitations. See our recent post here.
On March 26, 2020, the DOH revised its Order on dental emergency procedures in Pennsylvania to make it consistent with the CDC’s recommendations for such procedures. Link to revised Order can be found here: PA … Continue Reading
The CDC has issued and updated specific guidance on the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic for health care professionals on its website (accessible here: CDC Coronavirus – Health Care Professionals) and has advised health care facilities and clinicians (including physicians and dentists) to “prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.” (See: CDC Guidance for Health … Continue Reading
On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) broadened access to Medicare telehealth services to allow Medicare patients to receive more services from their doctors without travel to a health care facility. This benefit is available … Continue Reading
**For General Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Practices, please see our post Coronavirus Resources for Physicians and Dentists.
Dentists should also be aware of the following guidance:
- State Governors have issued directions to all industries regarding the outbreak. Know what your Governor has said about dental practices (or health care practices in general).
- The CDC has now advised healthcare
With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the significant governmental actions being taken at federal, state and local levels, physicians and dentists around the country are seeking guidance on how to continue to treat patients while ensuring that the health of their employees and patients is protected.
Whether your practice is open or temporarily closed, you may be … Continue Reading