WHAT PHYSICIANS NEED TO KNOW (updated May 28, 2020)


Get up-to-date information on what you need to know, links to financial resources for your practice, as well as key Texas Medical Board waivers and guidance.

Practice Viability in the Wake of COVID-19
     Financial Resources for Your Practice
     Human Resources
     Telemedicine
     Coding
     Additional Resources
PPE
Testing and Treatment
Physician Wellness and COVID-19
What Members Need to Know
What Patients Need to Know

Practice Viability in the Wake of COVID-19


PPE


Testing and Treatment

  • Testing in Houston and Harris County:
  • The Texas Division of Emergency Management is offering free drive-thru testing.  To get tested, visit https://txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Health care workers will screen people for fever, chills, cough, fatigue, body aches, muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion and loss of taste or smell.
    • Testing is being conducted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until capacity of 250 tests is reached.
    • Free mobile testing is open at:
      • Sagemont Church Annex, 11600 Hughes Rd, May 28-30.       
    • Appointments are required.
  • Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 if they feel they have it or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. Harris County is prioritizing first responders and healthcare professionals, especially those who work with vulnerable populations such as nursing homes. To sign up for COVID-19 testing, please visit http://covcheck.hctx.net/ to be screened or call 832-927-7575.

  • Houston Health Department (HHD) has broadened testing to anyone wanting to get tested. Call 832-393-4220 between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You will receive an access code and directions to the nearest site.
  • Free testing is also available at community partner sites.
  • Select Walgreen's pharmacies have started testing for COVID-19. Patients can go to www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid-19/testing?ban=covid_testing to be screened.
  • Kroger is offering testing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until daily testing capacity of 175 is reached. Appointments are required by visiting https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.
  • Sign up for Houston Area Health Alert Network (HAN) to get the latest update.
  • COVID-19 Testing FAQs (updated April 2020)
  • COVID-19 "How To" Testing Guide (April 29, 2020)
  • Treatment

Physician Wellness and COVID-19

HCMS Physician Wellness Program can get you connected to psychiatrists and psychologists who can provide needed help. Call HCMS at 713-524-4267 and ask for the Physician Wellness Program. This program is not a solution for emergencies. If you’re thinking about suicide, or are worried about a colleague, call 911 or your local emergency department.

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Additional Resources

Find discounts offered to physicians during the COVID-19 Crisis
Hotels with special rates for HCMS physicians and their staff
 (updated April 7, 2020)

COVID-19 Personal Resources
HCMS has gathered together a list of resources to help physicians meet their personal needs, as they deal with the challenges of COVID-19.  These resources range from free dry cleaning services to free tutoring for kids. 

WHAT MEMBERS NEED TO KNOW


Postponed Branch Meetings:

  • May 20 - Southwest Branch meeting

Postponed Events:

  • April 4 - Business Expo - Will be rescheduled to the fall. Date TBD.

Favorite Healthcare Staffing
  • Favorite Healthcare staffing is prepared to assist facilities facing increased patient census due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • All specialties of Registered Nurses, LPNs, CNAs, and Advanced Practice professionals
    • Respiratory therapists, case managers, social workers. and other Allied Health professionals
    • Non-clinical staff including environmental services and materials associates

WHAT PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW


How Is COVID-19 spread?

It is primarily spread from person-to-person through:
  • Close contact within approximately six feet;
  • Respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

It is an upper respiratory illness that causes the following symptoms. It can take as little as two days, or as long as 14 days for symptoms to appear.
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The list is not all possible symptoms.  Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
A significant porting of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.


For Questions, Contact Your Local Health Department


How Can You Help? Give Blood Today

In order to maintain an adequate blood supply, healthy and well people should donate regularly.  If you want to be a blood donor, contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to set up an appointment at a facility near you.

A blood drive will be held at The Health Museum May 26-28 from 10 a.m . to 2:30 p.m.  Appointments are required. All donors will receive a free guest pass for two to visit The Health Museum as a thank you for their donation. 

Click on the links below to make an appointment.

Tuesday, May 26

Schedule Your Appointment 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 27

Schedule Your Appointment 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Schedule Your Appointment 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.