Texas Society of Anesthesiologists

TSA COVID-19 Resources

(Additional resources are added as they become available & outdated resources removed)

  COVID information   |   Practice Viability   |   COVID Data   |   PPE Resources  
  Perioperative Literature     Perioperative Recommendations   |   Discussion Group  

COVID-19 information: 

* Receive 2020 IA credit for COVID-19 work - CMS recently detailed how anesthesiologists can attest to 2020 MIPS Improvement Activities (IAs) for their work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASA advocated for anesthesiologists to receive IA credit based upon the additional challenges and actions anesthesiologists undertook because of COVID-19. Anesthesiologists are encouraged to review this letter and evaluate the current IAs they report. (8/26/20)

     — Letter to ASA
     — Requirements for existing IAs

* Free TMA COVID CME & Ethics Resources (6/06/20)

* ASA has partnered with the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) on a national-level clearinghouse of qualified volunteers who can be matched to institutions in need.

     — Volunteer to Treat COVID-19 Patients (4/30/20)

     — COVID-19 Clinician Resource Request Form (4/30/20)

* ASA: Safely Resuming Elective Surgery as COVID-19 Curve Flattens: ACS, ASA, AORN and AHA Develop Roadmap for Readiness (4/17/20)

* JAMA: Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Review (4/15/20)

* IARS: Initial Clinical Impressions of the Critical Care of COVID-19 Patients in Seattle, New York City, and Chicago (4/14/20)

* DEA COVID-19 Information: Exceptions as pertains to the “five percent” rule (4/14/20)

* AHA: Interim Guidance for Life Support for COVID-19 (4/10/20)

* ASA: Setup of a Dedicated Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit (4/08/20)

* TMB: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response (4/08/20)

* TMA Resources (3/30/20, added to regularly)

* HCMS Resources (3/30/20, added to regularly)

* NEJM: Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Inhibitors in Patients with Covid-19 (3/30/20)

* Repurposing anesthesia machines as ventilators and critical care for anesthesiologists- ASA Town Hall (3/30/20)

* Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers (3/30/20)

* Liability Immunity for Qualified Coronavirus Countermeasures — How the PREP Act and HHS Declaration Apply (3/26/20)

Practice Viability: 

* Federal Provider Relief Fund (PRF) - Phase 3 Open for Application Consideration (1/27/21)

* Federal Provider Relief Fund (PRF) 2020 Tax Implications (1/27/21)

* PPP Loan 2020 Tax Relief information (1/27/21)

* Funds from an EIDL Advance are not reported as taxable business income (1/27/21)

* PPP forgiveness applications:  loans of $50,000 or less  |  simplified application (10/13/20)

* HHS now accepting applications for Phase 3 emergency COVID-19 funds (10/05/20)

* Texas Medicaid CHIP COVID-19 Information Session (7/10/20)

* Receive 2020 IA credit for COVID-19 work: ASA MACRA Memo (6/23/20)

* CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Portal - for physicians and providers who treat Medicaid and CHIP patients (6/11/20)

     — Terms & Conditions

* PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Detailed Instructions (5/18/20)

* Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan- Round 2

     — Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers for the Paycheck Protection Program (5/04/20)

     — How to Calculate PPP Loan Amounts (5/04/20)

     — Affiliation Rules for Paycheck Protection Program (5/04/20

* COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured - Getting Started (4/30/20)

* HRSA COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured (4/27/20)

* HRSA FAQ for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Provider Relief Fund (4/27/20)

* Provider Relief Fund Round 2 (4/27/20)

* Anesthesia Foundation COVID-19 Loan Program for Early Career Anesthesiologists (4/16/20)

* What the CARES act means for physicians

     — AMA: Medicare advance payments for COVID-19 emergency (4/08/20)

     — AMA: Loans & other financial assistance for physician practices (4/08/20)

COVID-19 Data: 

* Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins (3/30/20)

* Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 in TX (3/30/20)

* The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 Projections (3/30/20)

PPE Resources:

* A new non-profit organization, MasksOn, provides FREE face shields adapted from snorkel masks for healthcare providers to use as PPE (6/29/20)

* Canadian J Anes: Personal protective equipment (PPE) for both anesthesiologists and other airway managers: principles and practice during the COVID-19 pandemic (4/27/20)

* FAQ on Sterilization of PPE N95 masks - thanks to MHH in the TMC for sharing (4/10/20)

* 3D printer DIY face-shields - YouTube video by TSA Member Dr. George Williams (4/10/20)

* Make Your Own Intubation Protective Devices (4/03/20)

* ASA Statement: Purchase and Wearing of Personal Protective Equipment by Anesthesiologists and other Anesthesia Professionals (4/02/20)

* ASA is a partner of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF).  PSMF is partnering with the COVID-19 Help Network to connect businesses and hospitals in need of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies. If your hospital is in need of PPE or other essential supplies complete the COVID-19 Help Network form. (4/01/20)

* Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Respirators (3/30/20)

* Making Your Own Reusable Elastomeric Respirator For Use During COVID-19 Viral Pandemic N95 Shortage- YouTube Video (3/20/20)

Recent relevant perioperative literature:

The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) has convened a Scientific Advisory Board to curate the thousands of emerging peer-reviewed journal articles on COVID-19 and highlight those of greatest value to anesthesiologists, intensivists, related specialists, and investigators. (9/01/20)

     — IARS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Perioperative recommendations:

* Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID-19 (5/14/20)

* IARS: Pediatric Airway Management in COVID-19 patients – Consensus Guidelines from the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s Pediatric Difficult Intubation Collaborative and the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (4/20/20)

* IARS: Obstetric Anesthesia During the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/20/20)

* IARS: Recommendations for Endotracheal Intubation of COVID-19 Patients (4/14/20)

* Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID-19 (3/30/20)

Discussion Groups:

* DOCMATTER (3/20/20)

For those not already part of this online discussion group, you may access DOCMATTER for free on behalf of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society and Marc Steurer. There have been very useful insights, ideas and experiences already from facilities across our country and world-wide.

If interested, please email support@docmatter.com with TAS/COVID-19 in the subject line (very important) and include the following information.

• Full Name (required):
• Institutional Email address(es)(required):
• Institution or place of employment (required):
• Title (ie Associte Professor) (optional):
• Specialt(y/ies) (required):
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