COVID-19 Updates

30% Off PPE Discount

Dear Members and Practice Managers,

PPE is now available to order at a 30% discount. I have created our own ECMA store through SLH Medical Supply to make this available. This is the company that offered the Free $500 of PPE a few weeks ago. We will also receive a small commission back to the Medical Association (to help grow more programs!) along with the discount for all of our members that sign up as costumers under our store.

Click this link: https://www.slhmedsupply.com/store/ecma
then you must register as a customer in our store, add your items to the cart, and at the final stage of check out you will use the code THIRTY. Apply the code and you will receive a 30% discount off of your total purchase.
Please see the below message about N95 masks that they just received this week.

N95 MEDICAL CDC & NIOSH APPROVED MEDICAL MASKS NOW IN STOCK & AVAILABLE TO SHIP!!!!!!!

Need I say more… We are one of the few companies in the country that has real N95 Medical masks. We searched for months and months and with the guidance of the FBI, and my sourcing manager, we finally have them in stock and available to ship.

Physicians Need to Give Input to DOH on the Testing Process to Improve Our Local Systems

As our communities are planning back to school strategies, the Bay County DOH committee I am serving on is looking for ways to meet some of the requirements that DOE is putting in place. 

DOH alone cannot handle all of the potential testing that is needed and cannot provide the physicians exam and expertise to discern the nature of the illness.

I know PanCare is working with the school district as well and I’m waiting to hear back about their plans for testing with/in the schools. 

One big issue is how to deal with students and teachers who have symptoms of COVID-19.  A letter from their physician to return to work/school is what is recommended right now. That would include testing for COVID-19 if warranted . 

I think we all agree that adults and children with an established primary care provider are best served by seeing their own PCP. 

The question is: are the PCP’s willing to provide COVID-19 testing for their patients who they feel need to be tested?  It would avoid sending them other places, making them wait for days and increasing exposures etc.  It could also relieve some of the backlog there is right now.  If the patient is already in your office it seems to streamline the process especially for young students.

If you agree to do the testing for your patients only and as you see necessary, you will not be included on the information shared by the Bay DOH to the public.

What are the barriers to making this happen? 

Students will also need a letter from their physician if they have chronic conditions such as allergies etc. making it look like they have COVID symptoms. 

I am serving on this committee as your representative so I really need to hear from all of you that this affects to be effective!

Dr. Rachesky has provided an excellent summary of the AAP guidelines with her own local experiences/expertise added in that I am using with the committee and have shared with Bill Husfelt.  Thank you Ingrid!

Email, call, text or include your feedback here as you see appropriate.  michelle@flmedical.org,  850-819-8273. 

Thank you!!

Michelle

New COVID Guidelines  

Click on the Decision memo for the interesting facts with references.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Deadline Extended to August 3rd

HHS extended the deadline for eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations to submit information and apply for funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund from July 20 until August 3, 2020. HHS is distributing approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians who have not previously received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund. The payment amount will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. HHS has created a fact sheet explaining the application process and answering frequently asked questions.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has made HHS aware of an issue where physicians who primarily care for patients with Medicaid and CHIP coverage received a small amount of money from the automatic Medicare allotment in April because they treated one or two patients with ESRD. They are ineligible to apply for this round of funding even if they rejected and returned the money. HHS has indicated they are working on a policy to address this issue. The AMA will continue to engage HHS to address this situation.

Telehealth Impact Physician Survey

The American Medical Association has been working on a Telehealth Impact Physician survey in collaboration with MITRE, Mayo and others as part of an effort of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.  Below is a message that we hope you will share with your members. We will share results of the survey with you as soon as we can.  If you have questions, please let me know.

You are invited to complete the Telehealth Impact Study Provider Questionnaire by clicking on the link below.  The study has been approved by the Mayo Clinic IRB and is part of our efforts in the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition to address the pandemic. Since COVID-19 started, we have experienced a significant shift towards telehealth.  The goal of this project is to learn more about your experience with telehealth to identify the challenges and barriers, as well as the benefits.

Building on existing research, your response will help inform additional resources needed across the industry and health care community, provide insights to federal and state policymakers and identify gaps in current research. Respondent and organization information will remain confidential and will only be reported in aggregate. The findings will be shared and made available to all on the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition website, as well as shared by the various organizations participating in the Coalition Telehealth Workgroup*.

The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition is focused on understanding your experience of telehealth as an individual physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Please click here to start the survey   https://src.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KAkyEVfhtGj3vL.The survey is expected to take up to 15-20 minutes and we ask that you complete the survey by August 13th, 2020.  Please remember to press submit when you get to the end of the survey.

We want to hear from as many clinicians as possible to inform our work. If you have colleagues who use telehealth, please consider forwarding this invitation to them.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and valuable insights.

Best Regards,

Steve R. Ommen, MD

Medical Director, Center for Connected Care, Mayo Clinic

Francis X. Campion, MD, FACP

Principal Lead, Digital Health

MITRE Corporation

*COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Telehealth Workgroup: American Medical Association (AMA) , American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Digital Medical Society (DiMe), MassChallenge Health Tech, Mayo Clinic and MITRE Corporation. The AMA, while a part of the Coalition Telehealth Workgroup, is not a formal member of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.

Opt-Out of 2020 MIPS

This week CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt-out completely or partially from the 2020 MIPS program by completing a hardship exemption application and indicating it is due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Individual clinicians and group practices have until December 31, 2020 to complete the hardship application. CMS plans on providing physicians with a couple of options on the hardship exemption application. For example, a practice may submit a hardship application and indicate that they do not want to be scored on Cost and Quality and have their score calculated based on just Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities. Alternatively, practices may submit a hardship application and opt-out of all four performance categories and be held harmless from a 2022 payment adjustment. Submitting any MIPS data to CMS will override the hardship exception application and physicians will be scored on their submission. The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased CMS took our recommendation to create flexible reporting options in 2020 with the option to reweight any or all of the MIPS performance categories. The flexibilities should assist with allowing practices to focus their attention on caring for patients during the pandemic and reduce administrative burden. The AMA will continue to monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on practices and advocate to CMS for the appropriate relief and to ensure CMS liberally grants hardship requests due to the COVID-19 PHE. It is also our understanding the CMS QPP.CMS.GOV website is in the process of being updated with the 2020 policy and should reflect the announcement along with additional educational materials in a couple weeks. The information currently posted on the website is regarding the 2019 MIPS COVID-19 policy. CMS has also indicated that additional information on MIPS COVID-19 policy will be included in upcoming rulemaking.

The AMA signed onto to the attached letter with a wide-ranging coalition of nearly 20 health care provider organizations that represent doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists and more, calling on congressional leaders to fix a taxation penalty embedded in the CARES Act. Without congressional action, many providers will lose more than a fifth of the grant funds approved by Congress to sustain lifesaving care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups are asking lawmakers to correct unintentional tax consequences of policies meant to provide vital funding to health care providers through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (also referred to as the Provider Relief Fund) and other programs as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q5Sb_7BEEjnV4A0r5zKQbnezQNdnJUEA/view?usp=sharing 

June Discount Code

Visit retail.verigreenearth.com for this June BOGO Special, as well as new bundled packages. Use code FF20JUNE for 20% off all orders! (Not valid with Buy 2, Get 1 offers)sharing a COVID-19 Update.

PPE Availability

The availability of PPE is one of the major headlines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.   As the state gears up to reopen elective procedures, we want to make sure our members are supplied and ready to go.

We have an opportunity to partner and provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply ordering to our members.  ECMA is partnering with several other medical associations in Florida to offer this service.   While this is new territory for our association, our collaborative has been working diligently vetting our suppliers to ensure we’re using a trusted source in order to get the best pricing and availability for our members.

Given the strained supply chains, in order to secure PPE supplies, we must order supplies in bulk quantities.  That is why we are teaming up with other Medical Associations across the state.

The medical society will be taking members’ pre-orders and will process the supply order once we’ve met the supplier’s minimum threshold requirement. Once we’ve ordered the products from our supplier, our members will be notified of their anticipated delivery date and sent an invoice to pay for their items individually.

The individual invoice will include the following approximate fees: Sales Tax (7%), Merchant Fee (3.5%), Shipping ($8.99 per box – large postage box, not per boxed item), Handling Fee ($0.48 per box), and Warehouse fee ($12.50 per item ordered).  Please note the warehouse fee covers the cost of the professional warehouse and distribution staff necessary to manage this program. The Warehouse fee and Shipping fee should be taken into consideration when placing orders as those fees will have a larger impact on small orders.

It’s important to note that the medical society depends on the commitments made by our members with the pre-orders to satisfy the minimum requirements set by our suppliers. This is how we’re able to secure the items for our members. Cancellation of an order after the group order has been placed could jeopardize the organization as well as the availability and time it takes to access the supply chain for the medical society.

While we remain at the mercy of the availability and fluctuations in the supply distribution chain, we are confident we can secure these needed supplies to help you continue your mission to serve your patients.

Because there are fees involved for each individual order, ECMA would consider doing one large bulk order for our members.  We would need each of you to commit to paying your invoice in a timely manner and to pick up your individual orders at the ECMA office if you are in Bay County, other counties would have one designated location in your county to pick up orders when the shipment arrives.

Here is the order link to look at pricing. https://form.jotform.com/201174396942156

If you want to individually order you are free to do so with the fees as outlined.  If you want to bulk order let’s make that decision quickly so I can start gathering orders and get us in line for the supplies.

Florida Blue Updates

One interesting update is their policy on employer requested COVID testing:

  • Pre-Procedure Testing   (diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and serology):

o Florida Blue will cover pre-procedure testing when the testing is conducted as part of the normal pre-procedure work-up using a 3-hour test.   For procedures that include pre-procedure testing, reimbursement will be included in the global fee for the procedure. It is Florida Blue’s expectation that pre-procedure testing will be performed within 24 hours of the procedure whenever possible.

  • Employer Testing for COVID-19

o Florida Blue does not cover employer requested testing under its health plan benefits. These tests should be covered by the employer. Additionally,   Florida Blue does not cover tests in the following situations:

  • When an employer has a physician on staff or as part of their group membership and this physician writes testing/screening scripts for their employees for employment screening purposes. In this situation, the employer should cover these costs.
  • When an employer contracts with a physician or a lab to write scripts for their employees to receive testing/screening for employment screening purposes. The employer should cover these costs.

o Also, any testing/screening requested for public health purposes, such as tracing the spread of the disease, will not be covered by the health benefit but would be expected to be covered by the Department of Health or the health organization requesting the testing/screening.

o If additional state and federal guidance related to testing becomes available, we will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jEm7F-8cnLOjJTVG3jKG1KJ_T1aaGjkm/view?usp=sharing

Cares Act Provider Relief Funds: HHS Says Providers Will Not Have To Report How Funds Were Spent By July 10, 2020

Michael Igel and Tara Caney, Johnson Pope Health Care Team

As discussed in a prior Disclosure article, in response to the Coronavirus Disease (“COVID-19), the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) offered emergency funding to certain health care providers (“Provider Relief Funds”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). All providers who agreed to accept the funds (“Recipients”) are required to sign an attestation agreeing to certain terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”). Failure to meet the Terms and Conditions is subject to penalty, including an obligation to return all Provider Relief Funds. To ensure compliance and appropriate use of the Provider Relief Funds, the Terms and Conditions and the CARES Act require Recipients of more than $150,000 in CARES Act and other COVID-19 relief funding to submit quarterly reports to the HHS.

Under the guidelines, qualifying recipients were required to submit their initial quarterly report on July 10, 2020. However, on June 13, 2020, HHS announced Recipients will not need to submit separate, quarterly reports in the manner originally required.

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FMA WEEKLY WEBINAR: FRIDAY, JUNE 19

State Legislative Races 2020

FLORIDA’S HOUSE AND SENATE PREVIEW

Join the FMA on Friday, June 19 at noon (ET) for an insider’s overview of the 2020 state legislative races. Rich Heffley and Screven Watson will take a close look at Florida’s 120 House seats all up for election, including the 28 open seats. They will also delve into the races for the state Senate, where there are 20 seats up for election and 8 open seats.

If you missed the previous FMA PAC webinars, you can watch them below.     (registration required)

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for a bipartisan discussion of the state legislative scene. This webinar is exclusively for FMA PAC and 1000+ Club members.

Screven Watson has been involved in running campaigns in Florida for over two decades. Watson is President of Screven Watson and Associates whose client list has included associations, corporations, and governmental entities. He also served as the Executive Director of Florida Democratic Party from 1999-2000. He is also a regular guest on several Statewide Television Shows as a Democratic Strategist including The Usual Suspects with Gary Yordon, Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda and The Pundits by the Florida Cable TV Association.

Rich Heffley is a veteran government and political consultant with more than three decades of experience at every level of the legislative and executive branches of government. He has extensive political experience in federal, state and local campaigns utilizing an in-depth knowledge of Florida politics, state demographics and trends. His hands-on experience coupled with close personal and political relationships and the trust of key players has positioned Heffley & Associates as one of the top     GOP-oriented firms in Tallahassee.

If you would like to participate in these webinars but are not a current member of the FMA PAC, please join today or donate to the 1000+ club.     You will receive an email with a registration link for the webinar. The FMA     PAC is working hard to get medicine-friendly candidates elected as you continue working hard to keep Florida healthy. Thank you for your support!

Last week, HHS launched an application portal to distribute $15 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments to eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations. The payment will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. Eligible physicians and organizations have until July 20, 2020, to submit their application and report other necessary information, such as annual patient revenue data.

HHS is hosting two webcasts at 2 pm EST on Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25 for physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in learning more about the application process. Registration is required.

Please find answers to two relevant questions posted in the FAQs on June 12, 2020.

Q: Why is there a new Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal?

A:  Portal will initially be used for new submissions from Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers seeking payments under the Provider Relief Fund starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020. At this time, this portal will serve as the point of entry for providers who have received Medicaid and CHIP payments in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 and who have not already received any payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.

Q: What is the difference between the first Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal and the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution?

A: The first Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal was used for providers who received a General Distribution payment prior to Friday, April 24th. These providers were required to submit financial information in order to receive approximately 2% of gross revenues derived from patient care.

HHS has developed the new Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal for providers who did not receive payments under the previous General Distribution, including those providers who bill Medicaid and CHIP (e.g., pediatricians, long-term care, and behavioral health providers.)

Medicaid Physician Relief

HHS recently announced that long-awaited financial relief was on the way for Medicaid physicians who previously had not qualified for funding. For more information, read the FMA’s update: https://bit.ly/2AlJ3wo

AMA Presses HHS for Funds

The AMA has continued to press HHS to swiftly distribute funds to assist those physicians who have not previously received any money from the Provider Relief Fund. We are pleased the Department announced it is moving forward to provide some relief. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians and organizations that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. Starting June 10, HHS plans to launch a portal that will allow eligible physicians and organizations to report their annual patient revenue data and other necessary information to receive a payment equal to at least 2 percent of reported gross revenues from patient care.

TERRI MARCHIORI

Director, Federation Relations

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Chicago, IL 60611-5885

312.464.5271

Terri.marchiori@ama-assn.org

FSU College of Medicine Survey

You are being contacted for a study being conducted by the Florida State University College of Medicine to identify medical provider knowledge, comfort, and current barriers in prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention in the Florida panhandle.

Those who work in primary care such as internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, or anyone who works with populations at risk of acquiring HIV are encouraged to participate in the study.

Below you will find a link to complete a survey. The survey is completely anonymous and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Your participation will benefit the Northern Florida community as the study will be used to identify barriers in prescribing PrEP, increase access to PrEP, and to further decrease HIV transmission in the Florida panhandle.

https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZY5t6ZybQZtlid

Thank you for your participation in this study!

HHS Announces New Laboratory Data Reporting   Guidance for COVID-19 Testing

Yesterday, the U.S.   Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The Guidance standardizes reporting to ensure that public health officials have access to comprehensive and nearly real-time data to inform decision making in their response to COVID-19. As the country begins to reopen, access to clear and accurate data is essential to communities and leadership for making decisions critical to a phased reopening.

Full press release

SENATE PASSES THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT

On May 28, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and it was subsequently approved by the Senate on June 3, 2020. The bill is now awaiting approval from President Trump.

If enacted, the PPP Flexibility Act will:

  • Increase the “covered period” defining when a small business must spend their PPP loan proceeds to qualify for forgiveness from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or until December 31, 2020.
  • Change the limit of PPP forgiveness that is allowed to be spent on nonpayroll costs from 25% to 40% of the total loan. This increase will change the requirement from 75% to 60% of the PPP loan that can be spent on payroll expenses in order to achieve maximum forgiveness.
  • Extend the timeframe to restore workforce and compensation from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020, to avoid a reduction in the forgiveness amount.

The Flexibility Act modifies other aspects of the original CARES Act. Once finalized, CRI will provide more information on the underlying details.

Learn More

COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code

CMS revised MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to clarify when you must use modifier CR (catastrophe/disaster related) and/or condition code DR (disaster related) when submitting claims to Medicare. The update includes a chart of blanket waivers and flexibilities that require the modifier or condition code.

Governor Ron DeSantis Rolls Out Phase 2:     Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step Plan

Today, Governor     Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s move into Phase 2 of his Safe. Smart.     Step-By-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 2 applies to all counties in Florida except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties beginning Friday, June 5, 2020. Please find details below:

Restaurants, Bars, Pubs

  • Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing.
  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Patrons may only receive service if seated.

Gyms

  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation.

Retail

  • Retail establishments may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Entertainment Businesses

  • Entertainment businesses, including by not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Pari-Mutuel     Facilities

  • Pari-mutuel facilities may submit a request to open to the     Department of Business and Professional Regulations.
  • The request must include an endorsement from their county mayor or county administrator if there is no mayor.

Personal Services     Businesses

  • Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida     Department of Health.

Guidance­

  • Individuals over 65 or with underlying medic­al conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • All individuals that work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 ­on a routine basis.­
  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.

For the full presentation from today’s announcement, please click here.

Stay safe and thank you.

Florida update re telemedicine: Virtual visits extended to August 1st.

See attached. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZmRKz-XOV8KDRgEh_yF1eH2LZ-mII5w/view?usp=sharing

COVID-19 VIRAL TESTING

Uses respiratory samples—such as a swab from the inside of your nose—to find out if you have COVID-19.

SYMPTOMS
Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.

VIRAL TESTING WITH NO OUT OF POCKET COSTS WITH OR WITHOUT INSURANCE

Florida Department of Health in Bay County
597 W. 11th ST, Panama City

Criteria: Testing all persons with symptoms regardless of age, place of work, or underlying health conditions.

Process: Call DOH-Bay at (850) 872-4455 Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for screening.

Note: No insurance required. No fees to patients or insurance billed.

PanCare Health

Testing at the Panama City Mall and Arnold High School

Criteria: Testing all persons with or without symptoms by appointment.

Process: Call the PanCare COVID-19 hotline at (850) 215-4181 Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Note: If you are insured, insurance will be billed but there will be no out of pocket costs. Uninsured persons will be seen free of charge.

PRIVATE PROVIDERS OFFERING VIRAL TESTING FOR PATIENTS AND NON-PATIENTS

Nations Best Family Health Care

1514 W 23rd ST, Panama City

Criteria: Testing all persons with or without symptoms by appointment.

Process: Call (850) 481-1101 Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Note: If you do not have insurance or they don’t accept your provider, there may be an office visit fees between $115 – $150.

Coastal Internal Medicine

12007 Panama City Beach PKWY, Panama City Beach

Criteria: Testing all persons with or without symptoms by appointment.

Process: Call (850) 234-5151 Mon. – Thurs. from 8 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 5 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m. – Noon.

Note: If you do not have insurance or they don’t accept your provider, there may be an office visit fees between $115 – $150.

Emerald Coast Urgent Care

2704 Thomas DR, Panama City Beach

Criteria: Call to discuss

Process: Call (850) 629-0505

7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. to discuss.

Note: If you do not have insurance or they don’t accept your provider, there may be an office visit fee.

COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING

A blood test that can tell you if you’ve had COVID-19 or a related coronavirus. Antibodies usually develop 1–3 weeks after symptoms start.

There a few things we don’t know about COVID-19 antibodies:

  • We don’t know if having them can protect you from getting COVID-19 again.
  • We don’t know how long the protection lasts.

    What we do know:
  • If you test positive and you haven’t had symptoms—you’ve had an asymptomatic infection.
  • If you test negative—you probably haven’t had COVID-19, but you could have it now or you could get sick if you’ve recently been exposed.
  • Some people may take longer to develop antibodies, and others may never develop antibodies.

The Florida Department of Health is releasing a weekly report on antibody testing results by County, visit FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov to download the .pdf file.

FDA APPROVED ANTIBODY TESTING

Nations Best Family Health Care

1514 W 23rd ST, Panama City

Serology through Quest and LabCorp

Call (850) 481-1101 Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Note: If you do not have insurance or they don’t accept your provider, there may be an office visit fees between $115 – $150.

Emerald Coast Urgent Care

2704 Thomas DR, Panama City Beach

Serology through LabCorp

Criteria: Call to discuss

Process: Call (850) 629-0505 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. to discuss.

Note: If you do not have insurance or they don’t accept your provider, there may be an office visit fee.

OneBlood is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. For more information or an appointment, visit OneBlood.org or call +1 (888) 936-6283.

To read more about FDA authorized serology test performance, visit https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/eua-authorized-serology-test-performance.

Whether your test is positive or negative, protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water, use a 60% or more alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces like counters, remote controls and door knobs often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue.
  • Practice social distancing: wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose, and keep at least 6 feet between you and other people

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RESOURCES

Member Benefits

The Emerald Coast Medical Association strives to provide superior member benefits. By joining, you will gain access to cutting edge continuing medical education, top medical malpractice & cyber liability insurance plans, and a comprehensive group health plan. Our board also continually advocates at the local, State, and Federal level all with a goal to support our physician members with a desire to excel.

Events

Members are invited to the New Member recognition meeting annually, multiple hot topics meetings to better inform our members and networking social events.

Member Resources

We serve as a community resource for connecting patients and physicians. We are a conduit of information for physicians in a rapidly changing medical environment.

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