COVID-19 Resource Links

Please see summaries and links that have been recently added to the AAOMS COVID-19 Resources. See also links to the infections control webinar and Telehealth page.

PPE RESOURCES

HampMED
Hamp Bailey
https://hampmed.com/
404-254-0718

Pro Med Sales
Rod Uribe
https://www.omssupply.com/
678-714-5341

Gem Supply (disinfectant and cleaning supplies)
gemsupply.net

Gown Laundry Service
Due to the shortage of gowns, ImageFirst has started servicing the dental profession and are offering 4 different options for your practice.

Dental Program Offerings (pdf)


OTHER RESOURCES

The Health Care Group – publisher of some AAOMS practice management publications – has teamed up with Health Care Law Associates to develop a summary of significant COVID-19 legal developments related to OMS practices. COVID-19 Resource for OMS Practice Owners, Associates and Managers (pdf) is being offered at no cost to AAOMS members. The guide covers mandated paid time off, paycheck protection program under the CARES Act, benefit plans relief and the CMS accelerated and advance payments program.


The SBA Webinars are now available:


 The Infection Control Webinar also remains active:


Updated Telehealth Resources At-a-Glance

  • With the COVID-19 outbreak, CMS and states are working to eliminate barriers to telehealth use – including telephone or “virtual” evaluations and/or treatment advice – to help patients access care remotely and reduce the strain on hospitals and clinics. AAOMS has assembled a new webpage – Telehealth Resources – with details and links that will be updated when new information becomes available. In addition, AAOMS published AAOMS White Paper: Telehealth and Remote Treatment in January (pdf).

Update: Procedures for Opening Practices for Elective Procedures

Gov. Ron Desantis announced his Phase 1 outline for our state to begin it’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The FSOMS is grateful for the many leaders in our industry and specialty who have worked along side the Governor in helping develop this plan. In particular the FDA has been instrumental in ensuring the concerns of our entire dental community have been heard and addressed. As a component of this plan elective surgical procedures including dentistry may resume on May 4 statewide — including Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Download Executive Order Number 20-112 (pdf)

http://messaging.floridadental.org/q/12EJ8NsIkgDMzhQkZuUFd5lD/wv

The FSOMS recognizes the many challenges ahead as we continue to combat the Covid-19 threat as we resume patient care. It’s important to recognize the significant concerns that continue to exist and we must remain diligent in our approach to continue to protect or patients, staff and communities. The ADA has developed a Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit which I encourage everyone to review in detail in order to best prepare for a safe return to business.

The FSOMS will continue to monitor the recovery of our state and nation and provide updates regarding any impact or recommendations for safe practice as we move forward. Thanks again to everyone involved in this process as we cautiously resume the safe and necessary care of our patients.

Chad Marshall, DMD, MD
FSOMS President

Florida’s Taskforce for Recovery Report (pdf)

COVID-19 Resources for OMS Practices

Please see summaries and links that have been recently added to the AAOMS COVID-19 Resources. See also links to the infections control webinar and Telehealth page.


The Health Care Group – publisher of some AAOMS practice management publications – has teamed up with Health Care Law Associates to develop a summary of significant COVID-19 legal developments related to OMS practices. COVID-19 Resource for OMS Practice Owners, Associates and Managers (pdf) is being offered at no cost to AAOMS members. The guide covers mandated paid time off, paycheck protection program under the CARES Act, benefit plans relief and the CMS accelerated and advance payments program.


The SBA Webinars are now available:


 The Infection Control Webinar also remains active:


Updated Telehealth Resources At-a-Glance

  • With the COVID-19 outbreak, CMS and states are working to eliminate barriers to telehealth use – including telephone or “virtual” evaluations and/or treatment advice – to help patients access care remotely and reduce the strain on hospitals and clinics. AAOMS has assembled a new webpage – Telehealth Resources – with details and links that will be updated when new information becomes available. In addition, AAOMS published AAOMS White Paper: Telehealth and Remote Treatment in January (pdf).

Small Business Administration Clarifies Rule with ADA

Many of you have asked, and we have an answer: Dentists indeed are eligible for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Late last week the Small Business Administration issued an interim rule that lacked clarity regarding the ability of small business entities, including many dental practices, to apply for and utilize both the EIDL and PPP loans.

ADA staff immediately reached out to SBA and the Department of Treasury, as well as our friends on Capitol Hill, to express our concerns. Since we did not receive a satisfactory response from SBA and Treasury, we then sent out a call to action through our grassroots system requesting that our dentist members contact Treasury and SBA to voice our concerns. Those messages were also sent to our Congressional representatives, many of whom called ADA staff personally to express support for our efforts.

Thank you to those who heeded that call to action. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to do that.

As a result of these efforts, we are happy to report that our ADA Washington Office received a call this morning from the Small Business Administration indicating that eligible entities can apply for and receive both the EIDL loan and PPP loan regardless of when the entity received their EIDL loan dollars. We expect written confirmation to follow.

For those of you who responded so quickly by sending an email to your Congressional representatives, you may click here to send them a note of thanks for taking our weekend request into consideration.

Through our collective efforts, we were able to achieve the best outcome for our profession. Please know that the ADA will continue to advocate for our dentist members and their patients so that we can get through these tough times.

Stay well,

Chad P. Gehani, DDS
President

Suppliers with Masks/PPE items

Please contact the following suppliers if you need N-95 masks and other PPE:

HampMed

https://hampmed.com
404-254-0718

Pro Med Sales

Rob Uribe
https://www.omssupply.com

678-714-5341

Gem Supply
COVID 19 Disinfectant and cleaning supplies, latex gloves (please note available qty.) and toilet paper

https://catalog.gemsupply.net

This Florida-based company will drop ship supplies directly to your address.

2020 FSOMS Legislative Session Report

The following is a review of the 2020 legislative session prepared by our incomparable lobbying team from Gray Robinson – Mike Huey, Todd Stiebly and Jessica Love.


The Legislature adjourned Sine Die on Thursday, March 19, after voting on the 2020-2021 fiscal year spending plan. In the wake of budget uncertainties and the unknown fiscal impacts of coronavirus, lawmakers were forced to extend the regularly scheduled Session by one additional week in order to give themselves time to craft the budget and provide legislators the mandatory 72-hour review period, as required by the State Constitution. Governor DeSantis wields line-item veto power, meaning he can remove individual appropriations from the budget, and the prospect of major cuts seems more likely as the state continues to suffer blows to its tourism-dependent economy as a result of COVID-19.

Although the fall legislative committee weeks leading up to Session resulted in multiple meeting cancellations and very little progress in terms of policy legislation being heard and passed, the Legislature did tackle multiple recurring issues this session, including scope expansion for
advanced practice registered nurses, teacher salary increases, state worker pay raises, comprehensive water quality legislation and full funding for affordable housing trust funds, which historically have been swept to help pay for other areas of the budget. In total, 3,578 bills were filed for consideration during the 2020 Session, but only 210 made it across the finish line – representing just under 6% of all bills filed.

Download the Review of the 2020 Legislative Session

Gov. DeSantis Issues Executive Order, Non-essential Surgeries

COVID-19 UPDATE

As concern continues to escalate surrounding the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic the FSOMS Leadership has been following its impact on our nation, communities and practices.

Earlier today Governor DeSantis released an executive order prohibiting health care providers from providing “any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.”

We encourage everyone to review the executive order (attached) and use their best clinical judgment to remain good stewards of public health and per the Governor’s directive, limit patient interaction to the management of trauma, infection and the relief of pain. Please continue to follow the FDA website for additional updates as this situation continues to evolve.

Download Executive Order

Sincerely,

Chad Marshall, DMD, MD
FSOMS President

Coronavirus Practice Update

The FSOMS is closely following the progression of the Covid-19 pandemic and is committed to providing our members with up to date practice recommendations to ensure a continued safe environment for our patients and staff.

Earlier today the FDA released the attached statement and toolkit for dealing with this pandemic in Florida dental offices based on our current knowledge and understanding of the virus and it’s impact on public health. The FSOMS endorses the FDA’s position and encourages our members to review the statement and associated recommendations. We will continue to update you as we learn more in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Chad J Marshall DMD, MD
Gulf Coast Facial & Oral Surgery

COVID-19 Toolkit Link: https://www.floridadental.org/coronavirus

Making a Difference for the Specialty: A Recap of the FSOMS Legislative Day

Drs. Richard Mufson, Marcos Diaz, Carlos Coro, Mariana Velazquez, Jason Portnof
and Steve Kotkis visit the Senate Chamber during the recent FSOMS Legislative Day

Nineteen dedicated FSOMS members joined our outstanding lobbying team from Gray-Robinson in Tallahassee on January 22 to meet with members of the House and Senate to discuss key issues impacting the specialty.

Key issues addressed by the group:

  • SB 132/HB 979 Dental Therapists: FSOMS opposes this legislation which would license dental therapists and authorize them to independently perform irreversible, permanent procedures such as extractions.
  • SB 878/HB 145 Emergency Room Health Care Practitioners Public Records: FSOMS supports protecting the personal identifying information of OMS’s in ER settings.
  • SB 500/HB 309 Prohibited Acts by Health Care Practitioners: FSOMS supports legislation that prohibits practitioners from using certain credentials, including OMS, if not licensed to do so.
  • SB 1884/HB 955 Physician Referrals: FSOMS opposes this legislation which requires physicians and dentists, when referring a patient to another provider, to analyze the patient’s insurance or managed care plan to determine if the provide is a member of the plan.
  • SB 1830/HB 1103 Electronic Prescribing: FSOMS opposes these bills that require prescriptions to be electronically generated to the patient’s pharmacies.

A special thanks to the following FSOMS members that took time from their busy schedules to participate and make a difference for our specialty: Drs. Chad Marshall, Brett Laggan, Carl Melzer, Richard Mufson, Marcos Diaz, Carlos Coro, Mariana Velazquez, Jason Portnof, Steve Kotkis, Mark Tucker, Bill Storoe, David Thompson, Russel Walther, Uday Mehta, Scott Horne, Mark Braxton, Howard Fisher, Dan Gesek and Manik Bedi. Also thanks to Mike Huey, Todd Steibly and Jessica Love with Gray-Robinson for their invaluable efforts on behalf.

2020 Save the Dates!

JULY 10-12
Embassy Suites
St Augustine, FL

OCTOBER 23-25
Water Street Marriott
Tampa, FL