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Coronavirus Impacts & Updates

Physicians

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the top of everyone’s minds and we know you’ve felt the disruption and impact to your life.

We want you to know that we care greatly about each of you, you are all members of the CompHealth family. Regardless of what happens with COVID-19 we are committed to putting you first and taking care of your needs.

We will use this post as a place for COVID-19 updates, especially if anything has the potential to impact future assignments. Read on below for current updates and specific actions currently being taken:

Locums Physicians & Other Travelers

The work you do is important and puts you at risk every day. The COVID-19 outbreak has the potential to impact your ability to work or your own health. Your safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor the outbreak and communicate regularly with updates.

Update – June, 26, 2020

Update – June 25, 2020

  • Primary care physicians could take $15 billion hit due to COVID-19 in 2020 according to a new study.

Update – June 23 ,2020

  • CMS is calling for a renewed national commitment to value-based care. New data shows that older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19 and confirms long-understood disparities in health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups and among low-income populations. Read more about the report here.

Update – June 12, 2020

Update – June 2, 2020

  • As researchers continue to uncover the long list of COVID-19 symptoms, some physicians are beginning to explore the disease’s possible long-term effects on patients with more severe symptoms.

Update – May 27, 2020

  • Almost half of respondents to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation said they or a household member has skipped or delayed medical care due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Of those, 11% said the condition got worse as a result.

Update – May 8, 2020

  • Health insurance industry experts are expecting a move to more in-home care and a continued focus on telehealth even as the country begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update – May 1, 2020

  • All, but 12 states are allowing elective procedures in some capacity. It appears by May 20th, all states will be allowing elective procedures. Here are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations.

Update – April 20, 2020

  • We no longer are requiring the COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be completed prior to an assignment start date, unless required by a facility.

Update – April 16, 2020

  • The White House unveiled broad new federal guidelines laying out conditions for parts of the U.S. to start relaxing the strict measures imposed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Update – April 7, 2020

  • Each day additional states are waiving license requirements in order to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases. The Federation of State Medical Boards has the most up-to-date information on each state.

Update – March 16, 2020

  • Prior to the beginning of your assignment, a COVID-19 screening questionnaire is required to be filled out.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • So far, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in hospitals, assisting patients, faster. CHG Healthcare and CompHealth are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are not on assignment with us today, but feel like you are able to help out during this time, please email or call us at 888.770.9852.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak “can be characterized as a pandemic,” which is defined as worldwide spread of a new disease for which most people do not have immunity.

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Allied Travelers

  • If you are an allied traveler employed by CompHealth and need additional support, please take advantage of our Employee Assistance Plan

Healthcare Facilities

As your partners, we are doing everything we can to ensure providers arrive prepared and on time to serve your patients. If you have additional needs or are aware of other areas where we could be of service, please reach out to your recruiter.

Update – June 26, 2020

  • CMS proposed a rule that would make looser restrictions on home health providers’ use of telehealth permanent after the pandemic.

Update – June, 23, 2020

  • Over 90% of hospitals have restarted elective surgeries, however, new research shows patient fears will limit demand for these surgeries.

Update – June 19, 2020

  • The American Hospital Association is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to extend the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic which is set to expire in five weeks. Read the request here.

Update – June 4, 2020

  • The White House has identified five companies most likely to produce vaccine candidates for COVID-19 as part of Operation Warp Speed.

Update – May 29, 2020

  • How to safely reopen America’s offices, according to the CDC. The new guidelines outline the steps employers should take to reopen U.S. offices and reduce their employees’ risk of exposure to the new coronavirus.

Update – May 19, 2020

  • Telehealth visits plateau as in-person care begins to rebound amid relaxed elective healthcare restrictions, according to a Commonwealth Fund study.

Update – May 15, 2020

States project ‘nearly certain’ Medicaid budget shortfalls amid COVID-19 according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Update – May 8, 2020

  • The FDA has revised the policy on coronavirus antibody tests to help accelerate the availability of tests developed by laboratories and commercial manufacturers for the duration of the public health emergency.

Update – May 1, 2020

  • All, but 12 states are allowing elective procedures in some capacity. It appears by May 20th, all states will be allowing elective procedures. Here are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations.

Update – April 24, 2020

  • $20 billion of the CARE Act grants were distributed. There were seen as an add on to the $30 billion and allocated proportional to the share of 2018 net patient revenue.

Update – April 22, 2020

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that rural health clinics and hospitals would receive a $10 billion carve out of the Provider Relief Fund.

Update – April 20, 2020

  • We no longer are requiring the COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be completed prior to an assignment start date, unless required by a facility.

Update – April 17, 2020

  • The first round of CARE Act grants ($30B) were distributed (April 10 and April 17) based on historical share Medicare revenue. Distribution by state can be found here.

Update – April 16, 2020

  • The White House unveiled broad new federal guidelines laying out conditions for parts of the U.S. to start relaxing the strict measures imposed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Update – March 16, 2020

  • We are now requiring a COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be filled out by each traveling provider prior to all assignment start dates.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • So far, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in your facilities faster. CHG Healthcare and CompHealth are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are in need of staffing support (or feel like you will need support in the future) as you handle the influx of COVID-19 cases in your locations, please email or call us at 888.770.9852.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak “can be characterized as a pandemic,” which is defined as worldwide spread of a new disease for which most people do not have immunity.

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    • Hi Sharyl, CompHealth is working on getting telehealth options available. I’ll pass along your contact information to our team to reach out to you regarding options.

  • I am a Family Practice PA who is currently working, but I would be available in my off hours to help out locally if needed. Are there opportunities to help?

    • Hi Kathy, thank you for your willingness to help! I’ve passed your contact information on to a recruiter who can find out if there are areas to help near where you live.

  • Hi
    I’m a Uorolgist, graduated 1987 from Syria , I move to USA 2 years ago and prepare to take the USMLE on May2020.
    I’m willing to help fighting COVID19 could I work without USMLE,and no license ?.

    • Thank you for your offer to help! I’m passing on your contact information to someone who can help answer your questions about what your options are at this point. We will be in touch shortly!

  • Hi,

    I just came across this article. I am a newly certified Physician Assistant pending my Texas licensure (expected by May 2020 if all goes according to plan). I know there are many states waiving license requirements or doing temporary emergency licensing with a doctor’s signature (like in Texas). I am interested in working ASAP with COVID or otherwise.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Thank you for your offer of assistance! We’ll be in touch soon to discuss the ways you might be able to help.