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MNAAP wants to make sure members have useful, accurate information during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the tabs below, you will find recent webinars hosted by MNAAP and its sponsors on this subject, as well as resources from reputable partner agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19: What are Pediatric Practices Doing Differently?

Present April 6, 2020 by MNAAP and Children’s Minnesota

COVID-19: Impact on Children, Preparing the Community

Presented March 20, 2020 by Children’s Minnesota

Presentation Slides: COVID-19: Impact on Children, Preparing the Community

Important COVID-19 reminders for clinics:

Special Enrollment Period for MNCare through April 21 

Some of your families may be at risk of losing their health insurance coverage due to layoffs work changes resulting from COVID-19 disruptions. There is now a special enrollment period for MNCare running from Monday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 21 for eligible Minnesotans who do not have current health insurance. (People who enroll after April 1 but by April 21 will have coverage retroactive to April 1st.) More info.

 

From the Minnesota Department of Health

COVID-19 information for Health Care Professionals

  • Executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz related to COVID-19
  • Guidance on reporting COVID-19 infections
  • Minnesota guidance for evaluating and testing patients.

Mental Health tips for health care providers during COVID19

COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers (PDF)

Pediatric Vaccination During COVID-19 (PDF)

From the American Academy of Pediatrics

Critical Updates on COVID-19

  • Clinical guidance
  • Information on PPE
  • Telemedicine and telephone care resources
  • Coding information
  • Information for families
  • Physician wellness tips

The AAP has launched a new virtual community to connect directly physicians with one another about everything related to the novel coronavirus, from the impact on practices to PPE to telehealth. Sign in to the community using your AAP username/ID and password.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 information for Health Care Professionals

  • Current Interim Guidance
  • Resources for Healthcare Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE (From the CDC)

From the Minnesota Governor’s Office

  • Childcare Information
  • Call 1.888.291.9811 to be directed to available providers
  • View available childcare providers on this map
  • Read the governor’s letter regarding childcare for emergency workers here

From Children’s Minnesota

COVID-19 Clinician Toolkit 

Telemedicine

  • The Great Plains Telehealth and Resource Assistance Center (gpTRAC) provides“Telehealth Office Hours”
    With the significant uptick of interest in utilizing telehealth in the delivery of care (specifically at home), gpTRAC has initiated “telehealth office hours” via Zoom, specifically for Primary Care Clinics/Providers (Tuesdays at noon) and Mental Health Clinics/Providers (Thursdays at noon). These sessions will continue for several weeks in order to provide an opportunity for organizations and providers to get timely information and to ask specific questions as they initiate telehealth within their clinic structure.  For the link to the on-going Tuesday (Primary Care) office hours, click here. The link for the Thursday (Mental Health) office hours can be found here.

Children’s Emotional/Mental Health

Guidance for Child & Teen Checkups (C&TC)

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the benefit of attending a C&TC well visit and receiving necessary immunizations and screenings should be balanced with the risk of exposure to other children and adults with potential contagious diseases. Many providers are reviewing their daily workflows and practices in consideration of their patient population, safe practice capacity, clinic environment as well as guidance from the Minnesota Governor’s executive orders. The current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for providing well visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic as of Mar. 19, 2020 are:

  • Newborn visits or infant weight checks
  • Well child visits two years of age and younger, of special importance maintaining up to date immunization status
  • Reschedule well visits for those in middle childhood and adolescence to a later date

April 6 | COVID-19: What are Pediatric Practices Doing Differently

Join the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and Children’s Minnesota on Monday, April 6 from 12:15-1 p.m. to hear examples of how practices across are changing operations and shifting care delivery due to COVID-19, especially with regard to telemedicine. You’ll also hear how Children’s Minnesota is preparing for the surge in infections over the next several weeks. There will be time for Q&A at the end. Space is limited. A replay of this webinar will be available. Register here.

 

April 7 | Expert Guidance on Practice Employment & Financial Assistance During COVID-19

Join the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and legal experts from Dorsey & Whitney, LLC, to discuss the possibility of changes to your business (e.g. staff layoffs, furloughs and associated employee benefits) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the potential financial protections for practices including the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). This free, online forum takes place Tuesday, April 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. Register here. 

 

April 14 and April 21 | Facing Ethical Dilemmas and High Stress Due to COVID-19 

Join Physicians Serving Physicians for a free, physicians-only discussion about moral injury, moral distress, and burnout due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. or Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. These discussions will be held online. Details are available here.

April 27 |  Using Tele-psychiatry and tips for primary care providers on using tele-medicine to manage child and teen anxiety/depression 

The MNAAP Mental Health work group is hosting “Using Tele-psychiatry and tips for primary care providers on using tele-medicine to manage child and teen anxiety/depression” presented by Dr. Kirsten Cowan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from EssentiaHealth. Register for this 30 min webinar/call and any specific questions you would like answered. This discussion takes place April 27 at 12:15 p.m.

 

The Great Plains Telehealth and Resource Assistance Center (gpTRAC) provides“Telehealth Office Hours”
With the significant uptick of interest in utilizing telehealth in the delivery of care (specifically at home), gpTRAC has initiated “telehealth office hours” via Zoom, specifically for Primary Care Clinics/Providers (Tuesdays at noon) and Mental Health Clinics/Providers (Thursdays at noon). These sessions will continue for several weeks in order to provide an opportunity for organizations and providers to get timely information and to ask specific questions as they initiate telehealth within their clinic structure.  For the link to the on-going Tuesday (Primary Care) office hours, click here. The link for the Thursday (Mental Health) office hours can be found here.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has launched ECHO groups across the country that meet twice per month at various times and days of the week.

 

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is partnering with DHS, Stratis Health, Project ECHO and others to offer online education on COVID-19 through twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) ECHOs.

 

The Minnesota Department of Health is holding weekly calls for infectious disease professionals each Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. and with the Minnesota Hospital Association on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

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