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PPE: Click here to purchase personal protective (PPE) equipment for your practice. The minimum is $500 per purchase and requires a minimum order quantity of each item (KN95 respirator mask, disposable mask, disposable gown) for the bulk purchase to be placed for several physicians. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services are providing PPE to hospitals and urgent care facilities caring for the sickest patients. They will not be able to supply PPE to outpatient and private practice physicians. Review the CDC strategies to optimize PPE.
Fact Check: Developed by medical students, this fact check website is translated into multiple languages. Please share with your patients.
Telehealth: Click here for a FAQ document created by the American Professional Agency. Click here to listen to a teleconference with expert Don Graf regarding telehealth and considerations for physicians to consider before selecting a telehealth platform.
MCMS Letter to Governor Ducey: Click here for the letter MCMS President Dr. Lee Ann Kelley sent to the Governor of Arizona on March 29 urging a shelter-in-place order. The Governor signed the order on March 30.
Volunteer for Response: Register online with the Arizona Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP). Once registered, request membership into the COVID-19 Response. Another option is to submit your information to the Maricopa County Medical Society.
Physician Needs and Questions: MCMS understands the pandemic has led to massive patient cancellations, staff concerns, and worry about the short and long-term impacts on the health of patients. MCMS is ready to find answers to your questions. Submit them online.
Weekly Calls: The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is holding weekly calls/webinars on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. with healthcare providers to share information. Click here to register for the calls. Notes from previous calls: March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19. Watch recordings of previous county updates.
Closing a Practice: Some MCMS members need support with closing their practices. We understand the pandemic has led to massive patient cancellations, lack of elective procedures, and economic struggles for many private practices. MCMS does not offer legal advice. Click here for guidelines from the Arizona Medical Board. Here is a guide from MICA Risk Resources focused on medical professional liability risk management and does not address the business, contractual, and labor and employment questions physician may have. Contact your lawyer to discuss. Click here for AHCCCS records retention requirements. Click here for ARS 32-3211 from the Arizona State Legislature regarding medical records. Click here for ARS 12-2297 regarding retention of records.
Updated COVID-19 Release from Isolation Guidance (PDF - as of 5/5/2020)
COVID-19 Testing: Healthcare Provider Guidance (PDF - as of 4/13/2020)
Healthcare Facility Guidance (PDF - as of 4/20/2020)
Social Distancing for Close Contacts Guidelines (PDF - as of 5/5/2020)
Quarantine for Household Contacts Guidelines (PDF - as of 5/5/2020)
Home Isolation Guidelines (PDF - as of 5/5/2020)
Primary Care Pediatric Guidelines (PDF - as of 3/19/2020)
Healthcare Provider Post-Exposure Guidance for Healthcare Facilities (PDF - as of 3/10/2020)
Hospitality for Hope: Click here for a list of Arizona hotels participating in the Hospitality for Hope Initiative. It is a way for physicians wanting to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from patients to family or friends to secure a hotel room.
An illustration of the SARA-CoV-2 coronavirus, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Illustration by Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins, CDC.