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CARES Act Becomes Law

The CARES Act was passed into law on Friday, March 27. Phase III of the law is intended to help small and mid-size businesses. You can find the ASA & NCCAOM break down and analysis of Phase III of the CARES Act here. 

Small Business Owner’s guide to CARE Act

Wisconsin DHS Infection Control & Prevention- Standard Precautions
Telehealth in WI

Wisconsin acupuncturists can perform telehealth. There are no laws prohibiting this.  Review Chapter 451 for existing scope of practice guidelines.  

From the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Emergency Order #16, addresses telehealth specifically:

“Also, the order addresses telemedicine specifically, but we have also received questions about telehealth practice for other providers. The practice of telehealth is generally allowed under existing Wisconsin law unless there is some profession-specific requirement or restriction. Credential holders must use their professional judgement to determine if telehealth is appropriate for the patient or client being treated, to abide by all other applicable rules of practice and professional conduct, an dto be properly credentialed or authorized to practice in the state of Wisconsin. If someone can practice in Wisconsin via an Emergency Order, a compact, or a temporary or permanent license, that indiviudual can practice telehealth in Wisconsin and provide services to Wisconsin residents to the same extent as similarily licensed Wisconsin practitioners.” 

HHS has relaxed HIPPA requirements for Telehealth.   HHS announced that they won’t enforce good-faith HIPPA violations when providing telehealth. Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype are ok — Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok, and other “public-facing” apps are not. “Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”

Center for Connected Health Policy: Telehealth Laws by State

Evers executive order 3/27/20 expanded upon existing MD telehealth provisions and some licensure guidelines for some healthcare providers re: covid-19

Telemedicine Definitions and Rules were established by the Medical Examining Board for physicians in the Wisconsin in 2017.  These are specific for physicians.  Do not pertain to acupuncturists.

SB380 Expanded use of Telehealth signed by Evers Dec 2019
DHS must reimburse all Medicaid providers for Medicaid services provided by telehealth the same as they are reimbursed for in person visits. Note: Acupuncture is not a Medicaid Service and we are not providers so this does not pertain to us. 

CARES Act provides unemployment benefits for Acupuncturists

Part II of the CARES Act enhances unemployment benefits for those already entitled to state and federal benefits and provide benefits for those who normally do not qualify for unemployment (self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, part-time employment seekers,) provided they are able to self-certify that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable/ unavailable to work because:

-They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that require a medical diagnosis.

-A member of their household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

-They are providing care for a family member or member of their household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

-A member of their household for which they have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that has been closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and because of this closure they are unable to work.

-They are unable to work because of a quarantine imposed as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

-They are unable to work because they have been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider.

-They were scheduled to start a job but are unable to do so as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

-They have become a “major support for a household” because the breadwinner in the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.

-They quit their job as a direct result of COVID-19.

The amount of benefit provided to a covered individual under the Program is equal to the amount of unemployment benefit the covered individual would otherwise be entitled to under Federal or State law plus an additional amount referred to as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation in the amount of $600 per week. If only qualified for FPUC then caped at $600 per week up to 100% of eligible wages.

Login to the Members Only section for more information on how to prepare for and apply for CARES unemployment benefits.
Resources for Essential Businesses Remaining open in WI during Covid-19

Recommendations for Active Symptom Monitoring for Employees in Health Care Settings where Community Transmission of COVID-19 is Occurring

COVID-19 Response Plan – REQUIRED FOR STATE COMPLIANCE PLS READ
By implementing a COVID-19 Response Plan, an “essential” company pledges to dedicate resources immediately to identify and mitigate situations in the workplace which may introduce, expose or spread COVID-19. Each company’s written plan, unique to the operations under its control, will document the identification and mitigation measures taken, including all engineering controls, administrative controls and safe work practices, and will update that plan on a regular basis for the duration of the COVID-19 Situation.

As an “essential” business, you must strictly follow all CDC and DHS guidelines to ensure that your business is in compliance with malpractice requirements and any legal action that could be taken should an employee or customer become covid-19 positive while you are open.

Infection Control Requirements for Offices/Clinics
Joint Commission cleaning guideline for offices

CARES Act Small Business Loans

Part I of the CARES Act designated 3 programs that expand the availability of SBA Loans and Grants to Small Businesses. These loans can provide quick access to funds that can be used for payroll and several other business expenses, and which may in some circumstances have the portions used for approved expenses forgiven.

*More information can be found on the Members Only page.

VA Community Care Program Benefit Updates Optum in Region 2 (WI)

The VA, and its administrator in Wisconsin, Optum, is allowing telehealth as a covered service for existing patients. Login to the Members section for further details.

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Find someone you can trust. Search for licensed and credentialed acupuncture experts near you. The Wisconsin Society of Acupuncturists (WISCA) is committed to protecting public health; licensure in Wisconsin requires passing NCCAOM Board Exam and graduation from an accredited degree program with a minimum of 1950 hours of didactic training, 660 clinically supervised hours of training, and certification in Clean Needle Technique.

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