COVID-19 Toolkit

LHA Trust Funds has compiled a vast array of resources for healthcare organizations, patients, staff and families about the COVID-19 pandemic. As we go through the pandemic on a day by day basis, the following resources cover regulatory, infection control, environment of care, tele-health, liability, PPE, and other important guidelines on how to navigate the pandemic in the healthcare arena.

General/Administrative/Regulatory

The following section provides numerous resources related to general, administrative, and regulatory requirements related to Covid-19. Materials include articles, letters, memorandums, fact sheets, toolkits, documents, updates, and bulletins to address many issues in multiple facets of healthcare during this pandemic.

  • Articles

    Articles

    HHS Makes COVID-19 Data Reporting a Medicare Condition of Participation

    This article provides information on Covid-19 data reporting requirements as a Medicare Condition of Participation. Data reported to the Department of Health and Human Services includes many areas affected by Covid-19 and responsibility for reporting.

    TAGS: covid-19, Medicare, Reporting

  • Guidelines/Recommendations

    Guidelines/Recommendations

    ASPR TRACIE: COVID-19 Lessons Learned

    COVID-19 lessons learned from an emergency and preparedness response standpoint. It focuses on patient surge, safety and staff health, operational considerations, telehealth, hot topic, and future concerns. Resources are available for further assistance.

    TAGS: covid-19, Staff, Safety, Patient

  • Articles

    Articles

    Joint Statement: Roadmap for Maintaining Essential Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic

    The American Hospital Association outlines guidance to maintain necessary surgery during the Covid-19 pandemic. A list of principles with considerations is discussed in this article. These principles were derived in response to the CDC, and many medical specialties continue to allow safe, quality patient care during this ongoing pandemic.

    TAGS: covid-19, surgery, CDC

Clinical & Patient Care Resources

This section includes multiple resources providing guidance and up-to-date information from professional organizations such as ISDA, CDC, LDH, and many more.

  • Articles

    Articles

    HHS COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act Section 18115

    Laboratory data reporting response to Covid-19 is a guiding principle to obtain comprehensive and appropriate data. The following are included: Entities required to report, Methods for submission, Required data elements, Data reporting and transmission requirements, Laboratory data reporting and Electronic health record.

    TAGS: covid-19, laboratory, Reporting

  • Articles

    Articles

    COVID-19 Fact Sheets

    This site offers multiple fact sheets on Covid-19 prevention, management of sick persons, pregnancy, and age-specific considerations.

    TAGS: covid-19, Prevention, Fact

  • Articles

    Articles

    CDC: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease

    An official CDC health advisory on emergency preparedness and the response to MISC – multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. This document includes defines and provides recommendations on how to deal with this condition.

    TAGS: covid-19

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

Personal protective equipment shortages are a significant concern for healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19. The following resources listed below are to assist in maintaining supply and sterilization while following the required guidelines.

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Telehealth in the COVID-19 World

Telehealth services offer medical care for patients in the safety of their own homes. Expansion of telehealth services was identified with the onset of the Coronavirus. The following resources include steps, guides, a playbook, and many materials to help healthcare workers implement this service, provide answers to the challenges confronted, and see the benefits involved.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations

    Guidelines/Recommendations

    AMA: Telehealth Implementation Playbook

    A step by step approach to implementing telehealth. This playbook includes timelines, checklists, workflow charts, and multiple resources to institute telemedicine services.

    TAGS: covid-19, telehealth, telemedicine

  • Policy Templates

    Policy Templates

    LHA Trust Funds-Telemedicine Consent Form

    Patient consent for telemedicine is an important component of a telemedicine program as well as a requirement in the state of Louisiana. During this time of COVID-19 pandemic telemedicine use has escalated and many visits that would normally be done in person are being done via telemedicine. Consent revisions are recommended at this time to ensure that patients understand the current public health order to transition from in-person visits to telemedicine. This comprehensive patient consent includes language related to the emergency order to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

    TAGS: covid-19, telemedicine

  • Guidelines/Recommendations

    Guidelines/Recommendations

    CMS-General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

    A toolkit for general providers includes policies, waivers, guides, technical assistance, articles, vendors, and resources.

    TAGS: covid-19, telehealth