N95 vs. KN95? Are there important differences?

Cutting to the chase: 3M says the differences are not significant!
As practices struggle to obtain enough PPE to meet their needs, it seems that N95 masks are a lot harder to come by than KN95 masks. So, can we use KN95s for the same purposes? 3M, who holds a US license to manufacture N95 masks says, essentially, Yes. N9...

How Physicians Can Get More Patients

This book was authored by Vicki Rackner, MD, a former surgeon with a seat on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a nationally noted expert in the doctor-patient relationship. She has kindly allowed me to provide this eBook to doctors who might benefit. While the book was written before Covid-19, there is much in...

Keep Practice Staff and Providers Safe with Entrance Screening

One of the key steps practices can take to keep their staff safe from Coronavirus is to make sure everyone, including patients, staff, and even providers, is screened each time before entering the office, by a staff member in PPE. This includes a non-contact temperature screen and also response to a questionnaire. Some of the questions relat...

MIPS: Yes, it Still Needs Attention, and Several Deadlines are Approaching

With all the changes wrought by COVID-19, many practices have put MIPS issues on the back burner. In March, CMS even changed the rules to allow practices to skip MIPS reporting for the 2019 reporting year without penalty. But the 2020 reporting year is underway, and there are some steps medical practices subject to MIPS need to consider. (While ...

HIPAA Considerations for Working from Home

Practices have adapted to COVID-19 in many ways, including doctors or some staff working from home. Patient data now exists where it hadn’t been found before, and is being transported between locations as never before. Are you taking reasonable steps to protect patient data in this new environment? Concern about meeting HIPAA requirements wou...

PPP Amended to Add Significant Flexibility

On Friday, June 5th, the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was signed into law. The act extends the time and gives practices more flexibility in spending while still qualifying for loan forgiveness. Key Points: Extension of the 8 Week Spending Period: Originally, practices had 8 weeks from the time they re...

ACS: Economic Survival Strategies in the COVID World: Webinar and Article

The Practice Protection Committee of the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) has released a report: Economic Survival Strategies in a Covid World. The document paints a stark financial reality for physicians. On Wednesday, June 3rd at 8PM, ACS hosted a live webinar to discuss the report. Despite having reopened their practices (for those wh...

Practicing Safely in a COVID-19 World

You have now re-opened your practice (or you have been open, but with very few patients). How do you keep your patients, your staff and yourself (and family) safe? I’ve compiled a list of actions to consider/changes to the way you likely ran your practice before COVID-19, from sources such as the AMA, MGMA, CMS and others. All of these steps...