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P3Care and Trump Administration Encourage Practices to Reopen

America should adopt smarter ways to counter COVID-19 as it reopens for patients and clinicians. In the meanwhile, CMS has come up with a guide for patients and beneficiaries as they decide to visit providers for in-person care.

As a result of the surge in COVID-19 patients, many providers were left with no option except to restrict care at their facility. They had to do that for the essential treatment of COVID-19 patients.

However, with a much-improved situation now, the government encourages private practices and clinics to resume their normal operations. They are to continue with their postponed non-emergency treatments and carry out in-person patient visits as we speak.

The patient guide ensures the safe reopening of healthcare facilities with patients receiving the much needed in-person care. National public health emergency took over, causing this delay in normal appointments, procedures, and treatments.

We can’t thank President Trump enough for his vision, the expansion of telehealth, to be specific, in a very short time. In this way, all this time when America was closed, patients were able to talk to their clinicians from the safety of their homes.

Ms. Seema Verma, Administrator of CMS, reinforces the vitality of in-person care and refers to it as a gold level of care. Such steps by the government are in favor of patients who have long been waiting at homes for procedures, vaccinations, operations, and evaluation of chronic conditions.

She further explained healthcare is the right of every American and our healthcare heroes are working day in and day out to deliver it safely. We should all feel confident when going for in-person care recommended by our providers.

On April 19, CMS issued the first part of recommendations to safely start in-person care activity in areas with a low occurrence or relatively low and constant number of COVID-19 cases. Hence, we move ahead with another set of recommendations.

CMS leaves no stone unturned when it comes to patient and clinician safety as healthcare systems, practices and clinics further enhance in-person care standards. Recommendations include a list of topics to ensure safety regulations are in place for patients and providers including facility measures; testing and sanitation levels; personal protective equipment and stock of supplies; and workforce presence.

The easy access to healthcare for everyone can be restricted to some extent. However, this decision can’t be prolonged due to financial discrepancies.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, healthcare professionals have lost a major amount of revenue as the resources were redirected towards the pandemic response. Now as the Trump administration is asking to bring normalcy in the economy under strict SOPs, we can expect a gradual balance between expenses and revenue.

As it was with part 1 of recommendations, decisions to reopen should be in line with federal, state, and local rules, CDC’s guidance, and association with the state and local public health authorities.

As the country continues to move on the path of reopening, patients have concerns about when to check-in with their providers for in-person visits.

CMS also acts as a guide with empathy for patients to make the right decisions as they prepare to meet their providers in person. Ultimately, it is in their best interest to follow the new rules.

Find guidelines for patients for in-person visits in English here: https://cms.gov/files/document/covid-what-patients-should-know-about-seeking-health-care.pdf and in Spanish here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-what-patients-should-know-about-seeking-health-care-spanish.pdf

To read one of the previous updates, go here – P3 investigates: Trump Administration plans to reopen nursing homes

To read about the work of the White House Coronavirus Task Force reaction to COVID-19, go to www.coronavirus.gov. For specific information about CMS, keep reading our blog updates.

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New York is All Set to Safely Reopen Schools This Fall

The world at large holds its breath as life is about to normalize. It is going to take more than just the will to reopen amidst COVID-19, especially the schools. What we need to do is act upon a persistent, consistent, and watchful approach. Because one small mistake can cost us precious lives.

We have all missed so much of life during the past few months, especially for the kids it was debilitating enough. The news to reopen schools seems like the right thing to do.

If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it is gratitude. Quarantine taught us to appreciate the good times before they become extinct. That is for sure!

Every state had its share of COVID-19 cases. However, New York State was hit the worst. Going back a few months, we saw a steep rise, plateau, and then gradually a fall in the curve COVID-positive patients. It took a ton of patience, reassurance, and action from healthcare officials and essential workers to get us out of that desperate condition.
We bounced back big time with our determination and complacency as a nation; now, health experts say, New York is one of the safest places to reopen schools. Governor Andrew Cuomo asks the state officials to make it happen.

Governor Cuomo Says Schools Can Hold In-person Classes This Fall

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Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is confident to reopen schools this fall. He reassured on Friday, August 7, that it is possible to hold in-person classes even if other districts continue to see a surge in COVID-19 cases. Authorities in other states have to decide whether or not to reopen according to the percentage of active COVID-19 cases per day.

CDC & WHO Report A Favorable Time to Bring Kids Back to School

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New York is the capital of the world, once it used to be London; health experts such as doctors, epidemiologists, and others confirm conditions are favorable for reopening of schools throughout the state with safety measures in place.
Not one, but many mental and physical health practitioners consider staying home to do more harm to kids than the virus itself could possibly do.

Since Wednesday, there were fewer than 1 percent active coronavirus cases across the state; that is considerably below the 5 percent positivity limit that both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) agree on as the safety benchmark to reopen schools.

What Does the Mayor think?

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says if more than 3 percent of tests come back positive, schools will remain closed. The daily infection rate if crosses 3 percent per day, it is not a good idea to reopen, says Harvard’s Global Health Institute.
P3 Healthcare Solutions encourages the act of reopening educational facilities this fall. It is for the best because schools will give students something to look forward to every day. We can’t go on like this forever.

P3 caters to provider billing services involving infectious disease experts and pediatricians. For kids to ideally thrive, clinicians reimbursed in full for their services could be the difference.

What do the Experts Say?

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Dr. Uche Blackstock, an urgent care physician in Brooklyn and founder of Advancing Health Equity, says and I paraphrase:

If there’s any city worthy of reopening, it should be New York City.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, is confident about the reopening of schools, according to the New York Times. Besides, initially, it may appear to be a trial run or a social experiment.
Additionally, he believes that New York’s chances of success, regardless of its dense population, are higher than many rural areas where there is a lack of seriousness to control the spread of the virus.

New York Falls within the Yellow Zone

The number of cases per capita criterion is also in favor of this reopening. The Harvard report categorizes regions into zones; 1 to 10 cases per 100,000 people form the yellow zone. The yellow zone regions are safe for in-person classes if the safety precautions such as social distancing and proper infection control measures are in place.
Currently, New York records 3.5 cases per 100,000 daily that puts it in the yellow zone. Yellow zone recommendations are first about reopening for kids from early kindergarten through fifth grade and last about high schoolers.

What Safety Measures to Follow?

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The COVID-19 experts are in favor of precautionary measures for schoolers that include mask-wearing, physical distancing, and improved ventilation in buildings.

Other districts have to come up with their own reopening plans. For the protection of both students and teachers, each region must come up with a plan to test them. It is subject to approval from the state’s health and education departments.

In general, experts believe the chorus, band, and sports with physical contact should not be part of the daily routine. Children, instead of eating in cafeterias, are to restrict eating in their classrooms. Schools should also ensure crowds stay away from gathering in hallways at different times of the day.

Earlier, we saw the Trump Administration encouraging practices to reopen as America strives to bring things back to the way they were. What are your thoughts on this?