In only a short period of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has made a huge impact on our members' businesses, relationships, and daily lives. We will continue to monitor the situation and how it may affect your practice. We will keep this page updated with
accurate, timely, and helpful information with the goal of lessening the negative impact of this crisis on your personal and professional lives.
- AACS Connect. Participate in upcoming AACS Connect virtual open forums, where you will enjoy dedicated time to connect with and share challenges and solutions with a small group of your cosmetic surgery colleagues. These complimentary events will be added weekly and can be found here for registering. For those unable to attend, AACS will share summaries and take-aways.
- AACS Connect Insights: AACS will continue to update and share any insights or tips that come from our Connect events.
Government, Agency and Medical Association Resources
- Summary of CARES Act (March 30, 2020). A summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and aspects of it that might be of particular interest to our members.
- Topline Summary of Stimulus Legislation (March 26, 2020). A summary of the provisions within the stimulus and COVID-19 relief package that might be of particular interest to physicians and their practices.
- Statement on COVID-19 from AACS President Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown (March 18, 2020).
- CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers and Hospitals (March 23, 2020). Details on exceptions and extensions
for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs.
- Guides from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on biosafety, clinical care, infection control, PPE, and more.
- Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity webinars from the CDC related to various emergency preparedness and response topics.
- LitCovid, a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus from the National Center for Biotechnology Information,
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) summary from the National Library of Medicine.
- Coronavirus information from the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation summary from the National Institutes of Health.
- Standards relating to COVID-19 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
- Main Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak page from the World Health Organization.
Practice Resources and Guidelines
- COVID-19 Financial Advisory from AACS (March 25, 2020). Includes the latest news and information on legislation regarding paid sick leave, tax deadlines, insurance liability, cash management, and loans or assistance programs.
- Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice from the American Medical Association (March 31, 2020). Learn how to get started, choose a vendor, and set up a workflow.
- Tips for Keeping Your Practice in Business from the American Medical Association. This checklist offers high-level guidance on decision making, insurance coverage, supply needs, employee communication, and more.
- New Rules and FAQs Regarding HIPAA and Telehealth/Virtual Consults from AACS (March 23, 2020). Provides
details on the decision made by the Office of Civil Rights to not impose penalties on physicians using telehealth in the event of noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA. Providers can now use any type of non-public
facing service to meet with patients remotely.
- Tools for Your Practice from AACS (March 20, 2020). Includes practice management tips, outlines clear steps to take at your practice
in response to the pandemic, and lists self-care resources.
- Telework Security Basics from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (March 19, 2020).
Relief and Volunteer
- Reach out to hospitals in your area if you have a ventilator you can lend them. Many hospitals could be facing shortages and may not be able to perform vital surgeries.
- Donate Personal Protective Equipment. Learn more about where you can send donations in this call from AACS on
March 22, 2020.