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COVID-19 Updates

CSEPS provides Colorado ophthalmologists with current information about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on patients, practices and communities across the state.

Epi update

Recently Colorado has fared better compared to other states in the west and south regarding a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 1,643 Coloradans have died because of the virus. As of July 23, the current case count stands at 41,698, with 6,133 hospitalizations out of 462,275 completed tests.

The latest data and current modeling show that once again the spread of the virus in Colorado is increasing, and the rate of that spread is accelerating.  Estimates suggest that the infection rates may be 10 times higher than actual case reports.    Reports on the latest modeling show signs of concern and the need for a renewed sense of diligence and care by Coloradans.

The state health department monitors the outbreak through a number of metrics including testing results, growth in cases, hospital capacity, and the  CU predictive modeling. Consider the following planning resources as you and your practice team work to continue to care for your patients safely.

·      CDPHE/EOC Data Dashboard

·      CU Predictive Modeling

State response info to know

The state has taken a number of steps in response to the pandemic, including issuing  Stay at Home,  Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors and  Protect Our Neighbors orders that directly impact the ability of patients to receive and the ways you can provide care. From executive orders, to emergency regulations, to action alerts, these resources serve as an information hub to help you make sense of latest actions.

 

PPE and other needs
  • Get PPE from Energize Colorado - Utilize bulk purchasing power to secure PPE like gloves, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and protective gowns thanks to the work of a group of Colorado innovators.
  • Local public health agencies
  • Health Alert Network (HAN) messages – Breaking, public health alerts sent via email. If you do not currently receive HANs, please email kristen.campos@state.co.us, who will provide instructions on how to register.
  • Colorado health plan actions – Get details on waived prior authorizations and costs sharing, telehealth, accelerated payments to providers, home delivery of Rx drugs and more.

COVID stress help

The toll of the pandemic should not be dismissed or minimized. As a physician if you or a colleague needs support in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, then contact the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) today to be connected with peer assistance services. These dedicated professionals can provide help in dealing with stresses associated with the COVID-19 crisis and caring for those suffering from the disease. Call 720-810-9131 or visit the  CPHP web page.

Practice viability resources

The pandemic has had profound impacts on physician practices across the state, with the latest data showing a $400 million impact on Colorado providers given the suspension of elective/non-essential procedures at the end of March. Ophthalmology practices were especially hard hit. CSEPS strongly recommends the careful review and use of the resources on the American Academy of Ophthalmology practice viability web page. Check it often as updates are continually made.

Education

CSEPS has proudly co-sponsored a number of virtual grand rounds webinars hosted by the Colorado Medical Society covering topics including COVID-19 treatments, safe office practices, testing and crisis standards of care. The next session – entitled “Putting Your Patient at the Center of Care: Serious Illness Conversations and Symptom Management in a Time of COVID-19” – is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Get more information and register here.