Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Breaking News Updates

The OSMA is working with state leaders and diligently monitoring developments from both the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health. We will post important updates here as new physician resources and news become available.

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April 3, 2020

A Note from the OSMA President – As the new OSMA president, let me first simply say thank you and we are here for you. This is an unprecedented time, not only for healthcare providers, but for everyone in our communities. I realize physicians in every corner of the state are struggling with the unknown.
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April 1, 2020

New Guidance and OSMA's Advocacy Efforts – Here is a full update on recent changes and issues in which OSMA is actively engaged at the federal and state level.
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March 31, 2020

State Issues Order to Report Ventilator Equipment Inventory Each WeekOhio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, MD, issued an order, requiring all entities with ventilators to report their inventory by no later than 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 1, until further notice.

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March 26, 2020

Ohio Legislature Responds to the COVID-19 Emergency
The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is committed to keeping Ohio physicians informed on state and federal updates related to COVID-19, especially how they impact Ohio’s medical practices and healthcare professionals. Here’s a breakdown of the major items contained in the bill passed out of both chambers, including items related specifically to the health care industry, as well businesses and other community programs and services.
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March 23, 2020

The Latest State Orders & Clinical Regulatory Changes... What Do They Mean for You?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly in Ohio and across the country. Thank you to all the physicians and staff that are either on the front line or trying to see patients to provide needed care and working to keep practices open. The OSMA is here to help you in whatever way we can. Here is a quick overview of the latest information for Ohio physicians and upcoming issues.
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March 23, 2020

Medical Practice/Business Relief
 Questions & Updates – Here is a quick overview of upcoming telehealth and business relief information—as well as new details on liability/malpractice guidance, extension of prior authorization, quality reporting deadline delays, and BWC premium delays.
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March 22, 2020

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announce Relief for Quality Reporting Burdens – for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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March 20, 2020

6 Top Insights from 2 AMA Presidents –  AMA President Patrice Harris, MD and former president Steve Stack, MD, current Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, shared insight on the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and discussed the importance of all communities coming together to free up hospital capacity and minimize the burden of the virus.
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March 18, 2020

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response – As more healthcare providers are increasingly being asked to assist with the COVID-19 response, it is critical that they consider whether non-essential surgeries and procedures can be delayed so they can preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), beds, and ventilators. 
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March 17, 2020

All Non-Essential Surgeries Must Be Postponed – Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, has ordered hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to postpone all elective, non-essential surgeries and procedures indefinitely.
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March 16, 2020

Information for Physicians Related to Coronavirus’ Impact on Your Practice – As you are aware, the healthcare system in Ohio and across the country and world is in a state of flux due to issues related to COVID-19. After speaking to numerous practices over the last several days we recognize physicians and practices are looking for information and guidance related not only to testing/treating patients for COVID-19 but also simply how you can keep your practice open, safe and viable over the next several weeks.

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March 15, 2020

Ohio releases new COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care & Outpatient Providers. The coronavirus situation warrants a unified, consistent approach and requires primary care providers and other outpatient services providers to comply with the following course of action regarding screening and treatment of potential COVID-19 patients. 
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March 11, 2020

ODH Releases Letter to Primary Care, Pediatrician, OB-GYN partners 
Addressing the topic of COVID-19 in relation to pregnant women and children:
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Please Note: Be Cautious of Fake Information

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website ( Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.