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KCA - COVID 19 Resources and Information

Wednesday, March 18, 2020  
Posted by: Travis Oller, DC
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The nation’s response to COVID-19 is a very fluid situation at this time with a lot of information for providers to digest. KCA is trying to make this a little easier for our members by consolidating information and recommendations. We will continue to answer your questions as they arise and to send out information to our members as we get it.

 

Sincerely,

Travis Oller, DC

KCA Executive Director

 

KCA Recommendations

 

What your office can do to stop the spread of COVID-19:

 

Thoroughly and regularly clean and sanitize all surfaces in your office.

If possible, wash your hands between each patient. If not possible use hand sanitizer.

Wipe down tables between each patient.

Wipe down any surface that patient’s touch including check-in stations and chairs between each patient.

Offer to check-in patients instead of using a kiosk.

Avoid or prevent crowding in the office.

Remove or limit chairs in the waiting room to provide for 6 feet of space between chairs.

Allow patients to check-in by phone from the parking lot and then call them into the office when their treatment room is ready.

Have your staff ask questions about possible exposure or symptoms prior to inviting the patient into the office.

            Limit patient’s time in the office to 20 minutes or less.

Reschedule patients in vulnerable populations (elderly, existing lung disease, other health conditions.)

Don’t see patients if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area of concern. (see KDHE for info)

Be prepared to self-quarantine if you are exposed or have traveled to a restricted area as defined by KDHE or your local health department.

 

Resources

 

KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center

 

NCMIC COVID-19 Resources

 

CDC COVID-19 Resources

 

World Federation of Chiropractic – COVID-19 Advice for Chiropractors -

 

Telehealth

 

It is the position of KCA that Doctors of Chiropractic are allowed to utilize telehealth with our patients; however, we were not included in the insurance mandate for telehealth that was passed a couple of years ago, so insurance is not required to pay for it. Additionally, the federal rules regarding compliant systems must be observed. I know that there is debate on whether or not facetime counts, but most video conferencing systems are not HIPAA compliant. Zoom does have a HIPAA complaint version, but you must register for the Healthcare version, not regular ZOOM. Depending on the insurance company the patient has (and whether or not you are in-network) you may be required to obtain a signed ABN or Limited Liability Waiver for non-covered services in order to bill the patient for telehealth services.

 

Continuing Education Hours

 

KCA regrets the need to cancel 2020 Spring Convention. We know that this will put some pressure on members who may need to look elsewhere for CE hours. Kansas DCs are allowed to earn CE hours online. When evaluating a course online make sure they are either approved by KCA or the Providers of Approved Continuing Education program (PACE) through the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB).

 

The 2020 KCA Fall Convention is still on the schedule for September 25-27, 2020, in Lawrence, KS. And for those of you worried about these things, both KU and KSU football have road games this weekend.

 

The University of Bridgeport Orthopedics and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program still has two 10-hour courses available. Practical Assessment of the Chiropractic Patient: Efficiency in Orthopedic and Neurological Testing, K. Jeffrey Miller, DC, FACO is still on the schedule for May 9-10, 2020, in Overland Park, KS. We

 

We are working to reschedule Pain Management and Tissue Healing: From onset to resolution with laser therapy, Nelson Maruina, DC, Ph.D., for later in the summer.

 

We hope to schedule additional in-person CE events in Kansas. We do not know when or where these will occur, but make sure we get the information out to you as soon as possible.

 

Additional Considerations

 

You might want to check with your business insurance provider to see if you have coverage for loss of business income. Not all policies include this coverage, but if you do have it, it may cover some of your losses if you are required to close due to COVID-19.

 

 


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