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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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The State of California has launched this website, which allows physicians and patients to search for and map to the closes testing sites.
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| Categories: Testing, Reopening
Yes. Physicians should contact patients telephonically before they come in and perform a screening interview for potential COVID-19 symptoms. Practices that use a patient portal can also develop a brief questionnaire to be used for this purpose.The American Medical Association has provided a pre-visit patient screening template that practices can use for identifying possible COVID-19 patients. It is available here (pages 4 and 5 of the document).
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| Categories: Reopening, Safety Protocols
As practices reopen, it is a good idea to continue seeing patients via telehealth as medically appropriate. This preserves office space and exam rooms for patients that need to be seen in person for screenings, vaccinations, etc. It is also a good idea to place strict limits on visitors and guests that enter the practice.For a more comprehensive list of CMA’s recommendations for maintaining social distancing in your practice, please see CMA’s Best Practices for Reopening a Medical Pr...
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| Categories: Telehealth, Reopening, Safety Protocols
Physicians and staff over the age of 60 are at higher risk for infection and complications. Practices should accommodate them to the extent possible.For example, if a practice is planning to continue seeing some patients via telehealth, they can schedule those visits with older physicians, leaving the in-person visits for younger physicians. For office staff, older staff members should continue to work remotely if possible. Office functions that must be done in person should be assigned to young...
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel, Reopening, Safety Protocols

Should practices require patients to wear masks?

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It is a best practice to ask patients to wear face coverings when they come to the office. Asymptomatic patients, however, only need to wear cloth face coverings. They do not need N95 or surgical masks, which should be reserved for health care workers.Physicians should also be aware of the needs of patients with respiratory illnesses who may have difficulty with restricted airflow. Also, pediatricians may find that face coverings are difficult for young children, both physically and emotionally.
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| Categories: Reopening, Safety Protocols
Physicians should consult the PPE personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health. Practices may need to adjust their use based on the availability of PPE and risk factors associated with the patient and the procedure. Procedures that do not involve a patient’s airway are much lower risk and may not require the same level of PPE.
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| Categories: Reopening, Safety Protocols
Yes. The occasion of the reopening of your practice is a good time to communicate with patients about the safety protocols that you are taking, and how they can comply with them.
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There is not one statewide date on which practices can resume elective surgical procedures. This is controlled by county public health orders and local conditions. If your county does not have a local order prohibiting elective procedures, and you have access to operating room space, personal protective equipment and other resources, then you can start scheduling procedures.Be aware that the COVID-19 situation changes frequently. Hospitals may keep beds and ventilators empty in case of a new sur...
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| Categories: Reopening
There is not one statewide date on which practices can reopen. It is controlled by local conditions, including orders from county public health officers and availability of resources. For counties that have local orders, CMA has compiled them here.
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