Information re: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FCAAP COVID-19 Florida Pediatric Health Care Provider Forum

With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spreading through the country, information and recommendations are changing daily. While up-to-date information, resources, and recommendations are available in the post below, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has created a weekly webinar forum series to address some of the most frequently asked questions we have been receiving. These weekly forums will provide Florida’s pediatric health care providers an opportunity to have their questions related to COVID-19 answered live by FCAAP experts and guest speakers. The forums will be held weekly on Thursdays at 12:30 pm EST. To register for the forum series click here.

Upcoming Forum Schedule:
Session 2 – Medical/Clinical Implications of COVID-19 by Dr. Mobeen Rathore – April 2, 2020
Session 3 – Telehealth by Dr. Lisa Gwynn – April 9, 2020
Session 4 – Business/Continuity of Operations by Dr. Tommy Schechtman – April 16, 2020

Forum Replay Links:
Session 1 – What is FCAAP Doing During COVID-19? by Dr. Paul Robinson – March 26, 2020

Note: We recommend attendees join using a laptop or desktop to fully participate in the poll and question features.

You can also submit COVID-19-related questions to be considered for future forums through FCAAP’s COVID-19 Q&A Form. FCAAP’s pediatric experts will review questions as they are received and provide guidance in a FAQ section on the FCAAP website in the near future.


Below is FCAAP’s compilation of resource materials on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This list is updated daily as new information becomes available.

Telehealth Resources:
AHCA Medicaid Telemedicine Guidance for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers
Current Telemedicine Payer Chart” from UF Health Jacksonville
Florida COVID-19 Payment Resources” from the FMA
The Physicians Foundation Announces The Telehealth Initiative to Improve Access to Quality Health Care
CMS Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak:
Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions
Medicaid State Plan Fee-for-Service Payments for Services Delivered Via Telehealth” from CMS
General Medicaid Telehealth Guidance” from CMS
AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19
Telehealth and COVID-19” AAP webinar by Dr. Sue Kressly
AAP Online Telehealth Compendium

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
“CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida”
“Florida 1135 Waiver on”
Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP
Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs – Updated 3.18.20
COVID-19 Stakeholder Call Recording/Transcripts
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit” 
COVID-19 New Tools To Help Speed States’ Access to Emergency Flexibilities and Resources
COVID-19 Elective Surgeries and Non-Essential Procedures Recommendations
How Can Medicaid Enhance State Capacity to Respond to COVID-19?” by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA):
All AHCA Issued COVID-19 Alerts
Policy Transmittal 2020-18 Re: COVID-19 State of Emergency: Coverage of Services and Other Provisions

State of Florida Response:
State of Florida Coronavirus Emergency Order” 
State of Florida Executive Order 20-72 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
Keeping Floridians Informed About Coronavirus” from Florida Senator Rick Scott
State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Legislation” from NCSL
State-by-State Public Health Resources” interactive map from the NGA
All Florida Driver Licenses Expiring in the Next 30 Days Extended” from FLHSMV

Florida Department of Health:  
FDOH COVID-19 Dashboard” – updated twice daily
DOH Emergency Order 20-002 COVID-19
Enhanced Surveillance and Preparedness for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates” 3.19.20
COVID-19 Call Center: call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email
The Call Center is available 24/7.

Florida Division of Emergency Management:
Sign up for email updates from the Florida State Emergency Response Team

USDA Food & Nutrition Service:
FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

American Academy of Pediatrics:
COVID-19 Clinical Guidance Q&A
Link to all AAP News coverage
Red Book Online “2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infections
Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices
CDC updates guidance on PPE for health care personnel
Critical Updates on COVID-19
“​Fighting Racism and Discrimination in the Wake of Coronavirus
COVID-19 Talking Points for Media RelationsAAP Member Log In Required
Responding to Coronavirus in Pediatric Practice- A Message from AAP President Dr. Sally Goza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Children” 
Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding for a Mother Confirmed or Under Investigation For COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza — United States, 2017
Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Travel Health Notices
Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—Information for Clinicians Caring for Children and Pregnant Women” Webinar Playback

National Institutes of Health:Coronavirus (COVID-19)” 

National Library of Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” 

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering:
Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak in Near Real Time” 
Desktop version
Mobile version

World Health Organization: Coronavirus

American Board of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Updates to MOC Requirements and MOCA-Peds

Clinical Resources:

Promising Practices

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
COVID-19 Pandemic – Clinical Guidance for Pediatric Practices” recorded webinar by Dr. Ann-Christine Nyquist
Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic” recorded webinar by Dr. David Schonfeld
Disaster Management for the Pediatrician in the COVID-19 Response” recorded webinar by Dr. Joelle N. Simpson

From California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics:
Talkshow: COVID-19 Overview & Update” video by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena van der List

From the Palm Beach County Medical Society:
COVID-19: the Facts” video by Dr. Larry Bush

From Anytime Pediatrics:
Pediatric Community Response to COVID-19 Using Virtual Care” recorded webinar by Drs. Mobeen Rathore, Susan Sirota, and Mick Connors.
Pediatricians Lead Community Response to COVID-19 Using Virtual Care 2.0” recorded webinar by Drs. Mobeen Rathore, Susan Sirota, Barton Schmitt, and Mick Connors.

From Pediatric Management Institute:
The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices

This recorded webinar by PMI’s Paulie Vanchiere and PCC’s Chip Hart discusses financial and operational issues Pediatric practices are facing as COVID-19 continues to evolve and provides tangible action items every Pediatric practice needs to consider over the coming days, weeks, and months.

Webinar: The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 2
Thursday March 26, 2020 – 7:00PM ET
Join PMI’s Paulie Vanchiere, PCC’s Chip Hart, and special guests who will focus on Human Resource issues as related to staff and providers, and follow up on key items discussed in the last webinar. Click here to register.

Webinar: Flatten the curve of COVID-19 with Rhinogram
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
In this free webinar, Seattle clinician Dr. James Thomas shares how your practice can flatten the curve of COVID-19 using Rhinogram to continue delivering high-quality care through virtual visits and check-ins. Plus, discover internal communication tools to keep your entire practice informed. Click here for details and registration.

From HIPPO Education:
“HIPPO COVID-19 resource hub”

Coronavirus CME course now available online
The FMA has teamed up with AKH, Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to offer a new online CME course, Identification and Containment of the Coronavirus: COVID-19. This text-based course reviews the current data on emerging coronavirus, and highlights best practices for identification and management of patients exposed to coronavirus.

Does your office have an infection control/emergency preparedness plan?
All medical offices should have infection control and emergency preparedness plans. Review these recommendations from The Doctors Company on how to proceed if a patient with suspected COVID-19 seeks care in your office.

Webinar: Preparing for COVID-19 – Infection Control for Outpatient Settings
This on demand training from Layer Compliance™ by Caek covers the infection control policies and procedures that Infection Control Officers/Coordinators should review to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ​Register here.

What should private offices do now with febrile kids with a cough?
Dr. Mobeen Rathore, Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, recommends considering several strategies:
1. Triage by phone at time of scheduling is most important
2. Ask patients to wait in their vehicle until time to be seen
3. Telemedicine
4.  Schedule sick visits in the afternoon or end of the day

From Headspace:
Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals, who work in public health settings, free access to their Headspace Plus meditation platform through 2020. Click here to subscribe.

Parent Resources:
How to Prevent Illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by Dr. Brandon Chatani
2019 Novel Coronavirus” Parent Resources from
A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads” from CNN Health
Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Child Safety Tips” from Lauren’s Kids
Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times” from the AAP

FCAAP has created the COVID-19 Q&A Form below where FCAAP members can submit their questions related to COVID-19. FCAAP’s pediatric experts will review questions as they are received and provide guidance in a FAQ section on the FCAAP website in the near future. As common threads emerge through the form over the coming weeks, the Chapter will begin producing live community forums hosted by pediatric experts to address these topics. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

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