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The Academy archives up-to-date news regarding COVID-19. Find an archive all past news items here.
CMS Releases Guidance for the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11
In a new fact sheet, CMS discusses COVID-19 testing, vaccines and treatments; telehealth services; and continuing flexibilities for health care providers.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Vaccine Access/Eligibility, Side Effects, and Cost
This vaccination effort faces unprecedented challenges in terms of the order of magnitude, the complexity of the vaccine administration, and the limited supply of the product. Each state has devised its own vaccine distribution plan; although these plans have been described as “works in progress” and continue to be updated and refined. The links below are intended to provide information about vaccine access, safety information and potential side effects as well as costs.
- CDC Issues Statement and Guidance on Adverse Effects Associated with Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
- Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- A New Campaign by Black Health-Care Workers for Black People About the COVID-19 Vaccines
- Scientists Race to Develop Next Generation of COVID Vaccines
- Biden Administration Will Ship COVID-19 Vaccines Directly to Pharmacies
- COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign: Where Does Your State Stand?
- How Do I Access the Vaccination Plan for My State and Determine if My State Has Defined “Health-Care Workers”?
- What Are the Risks Associated with the COVID Vaccine or if It Is Contraindicated for Some Individuals?
- How do the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Compare?
- What Side Effects to Expect After Receiving Your COVID Vaccine?
- Will I have to Pay to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The Academy has also learned that in many states, local departments of health are taking responsibility for vaccinating healthcare providers who are not affiliated with a large healthcare system or hospital.
Practice Management Resources
- Update on State Mask Mandates and Emergency Orders
- The Masking Dilemma: How to Better Communicate with Your Patients While Wearing a Mask
- AHA, AMA, and ANA Urge Public to Wear Masks
- Considerations in the Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Coding and Reimbursement: Telehealth
- Academy Signs On to Multi-Stakeholder Letter Urging Recent Telehealth Changes Remain Permanent
- Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Recommend COVID-19 Regulatory Waivers
- Warren and Rice Lead Letter to House and Senate Urging Inclusion of Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act in Upcoming COVID-19 Packages
- CMS Expands List of Medicare Eligible Telehealth Providers to Include Audiologists
- The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Begins Disbursements
- Resource Details State-by-State Guidance About Businesses
- COVID-19 Telehealth Update and Guide
- Treasury Department Releases Application Form and Fact Sheet for Forgivable Small Businesses Loans
- Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
- President Signs “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES) that Includes Small Business Assistance
- Information from the Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Guidance from OSHA
- Academy: Infection Control in Audiological Practices
COVID-19 and Clinical Recommendations
The best recommendation for all practices is to follow the CDC recommendations. You will want to access the CDC website on an ongoing manner to have the latest information. This is a changing situation and you will want to be up-to-date to protect your patients, your staff, yourself, and your families.
You also will want to monitor state and local recommendations that may impact your practice.
Support Each Other
We also acknowledge that for our members in their own practices, this is a time of financial insecurity with the need to cancel appointments or with patients choosing not to pursue assistance with their hearing issues currently.
You may be an individual in a high-risk group and may feel you cannot see patients at this time. In addition, we know that some of you are facing child-care concerns, as schools and day care centers close under the recommendation of state and local governments. You may not be able to support your practice in person if you need to be home with young children. Some of the virtual strategies above may help.
This is a time when audiologists may be able to support each other by a larger practice offering to support patients who are typically seen at a one-person practice who cannot remain open at this time. This is a time for creative solutions to stay safe and to maintain support for our patients who need to continue to communicate effectively.
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Telehealth and Medicare/Medicaid
- June 21, 2022: COVID-19 State Telehealth and Licensure Expansion Dashboard
- December 9, 2020: National Governors Association Report: The Future of State Telehealth Policy
- August 20, 2020: HHS Extends Application Deadline for Financial Relief Medicaid Providers until August 28, 2020
- June 25, 2020: Academy Signs On to Multi-Stakeholder Letter Urging Recent Telehealth Changes Remain Permanent
- April 30, 2020: CMS Expands List of Medicare Eligible Telehealth Providers to Include Audiologists
- April 3, 2020: COVID-19 Telehealth Update and Guide
- April 2, 2020: Academy Urges CMS to Lift the Medicare Physician Order Requirement and Allow Audiologists to Provide Services via Telehealth
- March 24, 2020: HHS Secretary Azar Calls on Governors to Allow Health Professionals to Practice Across State Lines
- March 24, 2020: Academy Requests CMS Exercise Its Regulatory Authority to Allow Coverage of Audiology Services Via Telehealth
- March 23, 2020: CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19
- March 21, 2020: Telehealth and Medicare/Medicaid
Below is a resource list with information on the provision of telehealth services. The Academy will post additional information as it comes available.
- Tele-audiology in a Pandemic and Beyond: Flexibility and Suitability in Audiology Practice (Audiology Today, Jul/Aug 2020 Pre-Press)
- Professional Liability and Tele-audiology Services (Hearing Review, April 23, 2020)
- CCHP Creates "COVID-19 Related State Actions" Resource
- CHHP: State Telehealth Resource Including Medicaid Reimbursement, Private Payer Laws, and Occupation-Specific Regulations
- Covered Telehealth Services Under Medicare
- CMS FAQs on Provision of Telehealth Services
Toolkits and Resource Centers
Treatment and Management Considerations
- COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Auditory and Vestibular Systems
- COVID-19 Survey: Disposing of Cerumen from Patients with a Positive History of COVID-19
- Labeling COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects—What’s the Diagnosis?
- COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- COVID-19 in Cerumen: A Potential Source of Viral Spread of Patients Infected with SARS-CoV-2
- COVID-19 "Long-Haulers:" The Emergence of Auditory/Vestibular Problems After Medical Intervention
- New Resource Outlining Status of State Traveler Quarantine Orders, Guidance and Restrictions
- COVID Tracking Project Provides Daily 50-State Testing and Outcomes Data
- Newborn Hearing Screenings and Follow-Up: Essential During a Pandemic?
- Our Essential Role in Communication: Resources That Can Help
- COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance and Recommendations for Vestibular Clinicians
- Universal Masking Flyer (PDF)
- Vestibular Testing Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond
- Surgical Monitoring Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond
- Booth Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond
- COVID-19—Planning for In-Person Care
- COVID-19: Moving Toward Full Audiology Services
- Best Practices Guidelines for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NHCA)
Ototoxicity, Medications, and Supplements
- Dietary Supplements Used for COVID-19 Treatment
- Ototoxicity of FDA-Approved Drugs Being Re-Purposed for COVID-19 Treatment
- Audiological Management of COVID-19 Survivors Treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin
- COVID-19: Considerations for Treatments Using Quinine Derivatives and Other Ototoxic Compounds
- State COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Publishes Interim Final Rule Confirming Practice Across State Lines for VA Health-Care Professionals
- State and Local COVID-19 Response Information—Continuously Updated
- CDC: What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- CDC: Workplace, Schools, and Home Guidance (PDF)
Public Awareness and Educational Resources
- CDC: What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- Support the CDC's public health messaging campaign by sharing these infographics on your website or social media channels.
- Johns Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus Myth v. Fact
- Johns Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus at a Glance Infographic
- Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus, Social and Physical Distancing and Self-Quarantine
Communication Access Resources
- CDC: ASL Video Series—COVID-19
- HLAA: How Do I Communicate with Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at the Hospital During COVID-19?
- HLAA: Communications and Medical Access in the Hospital During Disasters: Temporary Recommendations for Hospitals and Medical Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Guide For Deaf/Hard of Hearing To Communicate With Hospital Staff During Coronavirus Crisis