Coronavirus and MDPCP​ Practices

As MDPCP practices, you play an important role in the health and safety of Marylanders.  In light of the continued increase in positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, the Program Management Office will be providing guidance and updates here specific to primary care practices. The Coronavirus outbreak continues to be a rapidly developing situation in regard to cases, transmission and testing. Thank you for your partnership, and please keep checking here for frequent updates.


General Guidance & Resources

CDC information for public and providers including guidance on testing

Maryland Department of Health - Coronavirus page 

HHS Relief Funding

HHS is beginning the delivery of initial relief funding to providers in support of the national response to COVID-19 as part of the recent CARES Act. The disbursements are calculated in direct proportion to health care providers’ total amount of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) spending in 2019.  These funds are grants that do not have to be repaid. Within 30 days of receiving the payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. The portal for signing the attestation will be open the week of April 13, 2020 and will be linked from hhs.gov/providerrelief.

HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program

HRSA has launched the COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal where health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment to uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020 can request claims for reimbursement. To learn more about the program, including the registration and claim submission process, go to COVIDUninsuredClaim.HRSA.gov, or see this video overview​ of the program.

Clinician Guidance - Clinician Letters & Other Resources​

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Coronavirus Practice Resources


Weekly Updates from the PMO (PDF updated 5/27/20​)

     

    ​​Call for Additional COVID-19 Personnel


       

       ​Frequently Asked Questions


         

         ​Testing Sites

        Patients require a provider order for referral to the testing sites listed. Providers should reach out to their local hospital or consult the link to testing sites below. These sites are subject to host locations restrictions and availability.  Also, the State is piloting drive-through testing at several Vehicle Emissions Inspections Program (VEIP) locations – FAQs available here​.

        For a current list of testing sites, please click here.

         


         

         ​Telehealth Guidance


           

           ​​Webinars

          The MDPCP PMO will be hosting regular webinars for all Primary Care Providers to review current guidance, provide additional information on important activities primary care offices should be taking for the health and safety of Marylanders and answer additional questions. Registration links and materials are posted below.

          Upcoming - Register Now!​

           Previous Sessions

          Each presentation provides general COVID-19 updates, includes links to webpages, and provides a list of online resources.  Some additional special focus topics covered in each session are highlighted in the description below.  For webinar recordings and slides prior to 5/18/20, please visit our Archive page​

          • 5/18/20 COVID-19 Updates (recording); Slides​
            • Reopening the State: Elective procedures resume May 7, County-level reopening map, Considerations when reopening a practice; Maryland companies producing PPE, Guest Presentation by Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Health Policy & Management and Director of Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of MD, College Park: The Colors of COVID-19
          • 5/20/20 COVID-19 Updates (recording)​; Slides
            • Reopening the State, Keeping Patients Safe During Recovery, Patient Communication, Contact Tracing, Guest Presentation on Behavioral Health: Shobhit Negi, MD, Clinical Director, Juvenile Section, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
          • 5/22/20 COVID-19 Updates (recording)​; Slides
            • Reopening the State, Keeping Patients Safe During Recovery, Appointment Workflow, Testing, Contact Tracing
          • 5/26/20 COVID-19 Updates (recording)​; Slides
            • Reopening the State, Guest Panelists: Health Disparities in Maryland: Dr. Noel Brathwaite, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities, Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Director of Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of MD, College Park
          • 5/27/20 COVID-19 Updates (recording)​; Slides
            • Abbreviated Morbidity and Mortality Data; Guest Panelist: Janel Cubbage, LGPC, Director of Suicide Prevention, Behavioral Health Administration: Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Settings

            ​For more information, please visit MDH’s Coronavirus page​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​

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