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COVID-19 Resources for ODs

The NJSOP is working to compile and keep up to date the following list of resources for ODs in New Jersey. Please be sure to monitor local agencies/news sources for information specific to your location. Links will be added as they become available. If there's a resource you're leaning on that we have not included, please share to the NJSOPnet or email to kcotton@njsop.org / hcooper@njsop.org 



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Important & Useful COVID-19 Resources for ODs

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Additional Resources


Upcoming Webinars & Past Recordings



Important & Useful COVID-19 Resources

From Vision Monday: Reopen Eyecare Launches Today, New Website Curated by Vision Community Leaders, to Help Eyecare Providers Navigate Reopening Process

DCA Healthcare Services in Office Practices Guidelines - released May 19, 2020 | "All healthcare professionals are authorized to provide in-person adult and pediatric medically necessary or therapeutic services in an office, consistent with their scope of practice and the regulations of their respective boards...and shall be required to adapt and comply, and ensure that their staff comply, with policies that include, at a minimum requirements to... (read full guidelines at link above). Click here for a document containing only points B and C from the guidelines. (Members only)

NJSOP Reactivation Checklist (this is a members only document)

From the AOA: Guidance if an employee will not return to work

The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public HealthAnnounced on 4/27, this is Governor Murphy's vision to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 | Contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assistemployers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

NJ's COVID-19 Information Hub | An organized, easy to use resource. Includes live updates, the NJ dashboard, and a question submission option.

Priority COVID-19 Testing for Health Care Providers | Per the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, the Monmouth testing site has designated specific days for testing of symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders. Valid credentials must be presented. The Monmouth site has designated Saturday April 4th and all Saturdays moving forward for this service. Address: 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel.

CDC's COVID-19 Resources for Clinics and Healthcare facilities | "The following actions can preserve staff, personal protective equipment, and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic:...Postpone routine dental and eyecare visits."

NJ State Board of Optometrists Guidance for ODs Regarding COVID-19 | In a press release on March 23, 2020, the New Jersey State Board of Optometrists provided guidance to optometric physicians regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJ Outpatient Guidance - Evaluating Patients for COVID-19 The guidance offered below is intended to provide health care professionals with advice to safely care for patients with COVID-19 concerns in an outpatient office setting exercising their best clinical judgments. 

COVID-19 Information for New Jersey Businesses | A comprehensive answer guide for business owners in the state. Includes a section on economic assistance.

Bulletin No. 20-04 Disruption Resulting From COVID-19 from the Department of Banking and Insurance Trenton, NJ: Bulletin | This bulletin has been issued by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and is posted on the Department's website.   

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet |  Info and key takeaways for the broadened access to medicare telehealth services. Includes a summary chart at the bottom of the article.

The DOL has Updated the printable guide on this page: NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employees Should Know | Includes printable guides Printable outlining COVID-19–related benefits for NJ employees

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard | Gives a complete overview of the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state (broken down by county), and documents the number of calls to the COVID-19 hotline.

The AOA's COVID-19 resource page | Includes guides and suggestions for optometric practices, current developments/situation summary, and information on the COVID-19 relief package.

The NJDOH's COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals | Guidance specific to Healthcare Personnel. 

Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Dedicated COVID-19 Page



Regulatory & Legislative Information

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ | Updated as of 4/23/20

*This information is updated regularly* Coronavirus: A shortlist for Healthcare Office Managers | From the New Jersey Innovation Institute

Self-Employed NJ Workers: Unemployment Benefits During the Coronavirus Emergency | Includes downloadable guides for the self-employed

AG Grewal Announces Waiver of In-Person Continuing Education Requirements to Promote Social Distancing for NJ Professionals

The administrative order imposing emergency statewide restrictions on certain prescription medications has been UPDATED. | Administrative order 2020-03 supersedes order 2020-01 which was previously imposed on March 29. The new order reiterates the restrictions contained in the prior order, but includes additional exceptions for prescriptions to patients in post-acute care facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.

Murphy Issues Insurance Premium Grace Period | New Jersey Business Magazine

DOL Offers Guidance on Providing Unemployment to Self-Employed Independent Contractors

NJ Local Lender List from the Small Business Administration | View a list of active lenders for the New Jersey district office.

Brach Eichler COVID-19 Resource Center Important labor & employment and healthcare law alerts. New info posted daily!

Governor Murphy Issues Executive Order Regarding Licensure, Scope of Practice and Liability Waivers For Healthcare Providers

 Joint Statement on NJ Tax Filing Deadline and State Budget

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare ProvidersFind out how to qualify for accelerated or advance payments.

Small Business Authority's Three Step Process for Disaster Loans

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Chamber's new Small Business Loan Guide & Checklist | Wondering if you're eligible, what lenders will ask, how much you can borrow, or if the loan can be forgiven? This list has answers! 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Town Hall | Information to help small business, employees and their families as well as Independent contractors and how they can utilize the assistance.

Video (requires a Facebook account) Ali Oromchian, JD, LL.M shares vital updates from the Department of Labor clarifying H.R. 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and what it means for practices & small businesses effective April 1, 2020.

The Paycheck Protection Program in the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act

EDA OK’s $75M Aid Package for NJ Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 | From New Jersey Business

From the Supreme Court Of NJ: Order Suspending Depositions and Appearances of Medical Professionals

*NEW INFO POSTED DAILY* Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and AnswersNJSOP legal counsel, Mr. James Schragger, Esq., shared this information with the membership via the NJSOPnet (list serve) on 3/26. More details and clarification will shared as they become available.

Confused About the Coronavirus Paid-Leave Mandate? DOL Issued Some Guidance | This article, available from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) may help to clarify some of your questions. Additionally, the SHRM dedicated COVID-19 page has additional articles and resources.

Press Release (3/23/30): Governor Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures to Preserve Essential Equipment and Hospital Capacity

Press Release (3/20/20): Governor Signs Legislation to Expand Telehealth Access and Expedite Licensure of Out-of-State Professionals

Follow up to the Governor's Press Release (above): AG Grewal: NJ Temporarily Waives Rules for Out-of-State Healthcare Providers to Offer Services to NJ Resident During COVID-19 Emergency

Article: Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest

From IRS.gov (3/20/20): Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave 



Additional references and resources

*UPATED* AOA Patient Safety Fact Sheet  & AOA Patient Safety TipsDownload and share with your patient base to help them become more familiar with the ways you're keeping them safe and the changes they'll see around the office.

*NEW* This update from VSP Global includes a write up about an OD who used video to show his patients how he's making his office safe for their return.

Child Care in New Jersey for Essential Workers | If you're trying to locate a childcare center open to essential workers, this information from the NJ Department of Human Services can help!

HEA's Recovery Reboot: Your Path to Powering Up Your Practice | Six part download and video series.

Update from Coopervision | Contains an eyecare practice survival guide, online toolkit, information on their rebate program, direct-to-patient shipping, and more.

Additional links and resources from VSP: Telemedicine Resources & Billing Guide (https://www.vspproviderhub.com/telemedicine.html); A NEW Reopening Resource Guide (https://www.vspproviderhub.com/news/covid-19/reopening-resource)

This link from VSP contains a number of resources (for all docs) including: information for PPE with a link to a list of suppliers that VSP has been working with. Since the announcement, a few suppliers have been overwhelmed. Information will be updated as they learn who is able to fulfill requests.

Merchants Insurance Group provides 15% COVID-19 Relief Credit on Commercial Automobile and MAP® Business Owners for policies with premium in the months of April and May.

NIH Study Validates Decontamination Methods For Re-use of N95 Respirators

Stepping up infection control measures in ophthalmology during the novel coronavirus outbreak: an experience from Hong Kong | Article shared on the NJSOPnet.

CDC guidance on contact lenses and COVID-19 | Scroll down to Should Contact Lens Wearers Take Special Precautions to Prevent COVID-19?

Article: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Important Considerations for Contact Lens Practitioners | From Contactlensjournal.com

Optometry's Meeting Canceled | Out of an abundance of caution amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the AOA canceled the in-person portion of Optometry’s Meeting 2020 with key elements to be reconfigured virtually.

Letter from Allergan to Eyecare Professionals

Merchant Advocate White Paper + Informational Video 

Small Business Guidance from The Vision Council | "Small business members have significant relief available to them, including $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guaranties and subsidies and additional funding for SBA programs. Information on how optical industry small businesses can be supported.

What the COVID-19 relief package means for ODsFrom optometrytimes.com

NJ Economic Development Authority SURVEY: COVID-19 Response - SME Financial Assistance Survey + COVID-19 Jobs & HiringThe deadline for this survey is 3/28/20 (Download the linked file for the internal survey links.)

FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, and the Coronavirus Bill published by the New York Times on 3/26/20.

Employee Rights poster download

AmeriHealth NJ Employee Eligibility Exception for furloughed or temporarily laid off employeesNJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at perry@thegandelmanagency.com or 609-695-1496.

UnitedHealthcare's COVID-19 FAQNJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at perry@thegandelmanagency.com or 609-695-1496.

NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA): New Jersey Economic Development Authority Grant Packages

Bulletin from Horizon: COVID-19 Update: Helping Furloughed Employees Maintain Health Coverage |  NJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at perry@thegandelmanagency.com or 609-695-1496.

Bulletin from Merchants Insurance Group: COVID19-Update 2 | NJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at perry@thegandelmanagency.com or 609-695-1496. 

Volunteering in NJ: New Jersey Department of State - Volunteer & National Service

Johnson & Johnson Vision's letter to eye care professionals regarding COVID-19

HEA's What You Should Know (And Do) About COVID-19: Panic is Not on the List | By Justin L. Manning, OD, MPH, FAAO, Executive Vice President Professional Health Strategies, Health Eyes Advantage

From ABB OPTICAL: NJSOP and ABB Partnership during these times of COVID-19 | One Patient…One Heart…One Team…NJSOP and ABB!

From Vistakon:  As of 3/20/20 Vistakon began offering free direct to patient shipping on ANY size order as well as buy now, pay 75 days from now terms.

Review of Optometric Business' Private Practice Financial Tips for COVID-19 Pandemic Survival | By Robert Schultz, CEO, Vision One Credit Union, Mark Write, OD, ROB Professional Editor & CEO, Practice Management Center, and Sam Quintero, OD, Immediate Past Chari, Association of Practice Management Educators

Lens Mode offer to New Jersey optometric physicians read full press release here

 

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