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We know there are questions relating to the Coronavirus and we want to help as much as possible.  First, we want you to know that FLANP along with others are advocating and requesting the Governor to remove supervisory protocols for this crisis temporarily.  Read the letter sent by The Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses and Representative Cary Pigman

Information is changing rapidly so we felt the best way to help at this time was to provide you with information on where to go.  We hope that as you are out working on the front lines and helping your patients, that you stay safe and well!!

Updated Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call Information (September 2, 2020): 

Beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the health care provider telephone conference will be held bi-weekly, every other Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to email questions in advance to Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov no later than close of business on the Monday preceding the call. All participants will be muted during these calls to help streamline information delivery. The State Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, in collaboration with Secretary Mary Mayhew from the Agency for Health Care Administration, will provide updates from the Department of Health on the COVID-19 response efforts, provide a briefing from the Agency for Health Care Administration, offer updates from other state agencies and address questions submitted from our health care providers. This call is not transcribed or recorded. If you are interested in joining this weekly telephone conference call, please see the updated call-in information below:

Date: Every Other Tuesday
Time: 5:30 pm, ET
Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
Conference Room ID: 208-305-233
Submit Questions in Advance: Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov

 

CMS Home Health Agencies: CMS Flexibilities to fight COVID-19

CMS Frequently Asked Questions on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief

CMS Fact Sheet for Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers during COVID-19 Emergency

Click here for the complete and updated list of CMS actions, guidance, and other information in response to COVID-19

CDC Resource Page

CDC Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN)

Florida Department of Health Current Data on COVID-19

Florida Department of Health Resources Page

Nurse Corps Service Commitments: COVID-19 Information

The NCSBN has developed COVID-19 courses for students, new graduates, nurses returning to the workforce, and those who are interested in learning more about the COVID-19 pandemic. The courses are posted on the International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) website. They are online, self-paced and free of charge. Three of them provide CE credit. The courses include: Epidemiology and Modes of Transmission of COVID-19, Care of the Patient with COVID-19, Legal and Ethical Issues related to COVID-19, and Hoaxes to Avoid during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed a FREE webinar series to help provide information to Nurses.  The first on-demand webinar focuses on the current PPE guidelines afor supply optimization and how to maintain personal safety.  Future webinars will deal with other critical COVID-19 topics and address critical questions we are hearing from nurses on the front-lines.  Once you sign up, you will receive an notice when the future webinars are released.

Telehealth has also been a question asked by some of our members so we wanted to try to provide you some information that we found.  The Center for Connected Health Policy is updating their website with information on telehealth policies, and CMS has published a general provider toolkit and a long-term care for nursing homes toolkit as well.  You can also visit the Department of Health's Telehealth

The Board of Nursing has also extended the license renewal dates to 5/31/2020.  Click here for more information.

Temporary Emergency Reactivation of Some Health Care Licenses (Board of Nursing)
The Department will temporarily reactivate unencumbered inactive medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for a period of 90 days.
An inactive license reactivated under this provision will return to inactive status when the public health emergency ends or before the end of the public health emergency if the State Surgeon General determines that the health care practitioner is no longer needed to provide services during the public health emergency.
Inactive practitioners can log into their online account here to reactivate.

 

Donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): To help protect our health care workers, if you have PPE, please consider providing it to your local emergency medical service provider, hospital, long-term care facility, congregate living facility, compounding pharmacy and community testing sites. Contact your county emergency manager to determine where you can provide your donations https://www.floridadisaster.org/counties.

Here are some ways you can ACTIVELY help:

  • The Governor's Office is looking for nurses who might volunteer to help during this crisis if needed. Currently, the need appears to encompass nurses who are able to volunteer to do testing when there is a surge in any geographic location. The Department of Health is ordering equipment and we are told that there would be other experienced healthcare professionals present to train, assist and support you. The current focus areas are Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami. Presently, other areas are under surveillance where there appears to be increased activity. We are looking for anyone who feels they could volunteer. If this is the case, please navigate to this form on the FNA website and fill it in with your information. 

 

We also have a flyer comparing symptoms of the Coronavirus, Flu and Allergies with a reminder of the Florida Rx Card offering up to 80% savings on prescriptions for you to share.

 

If you have any questions or have other information you feel is pertinent that we share, please email us at contact@flanp.org

Contact Us

  • Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners, Inc.
  • PO Box 602
    Lake Helen, FL 32744
  • 850.363.3627
  • contact@flanp.org

Vision Statement

Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners will be the leading Florida Nurse Practitioner professional organization advocating for patient centered health care. The organization will increase knowledge on healthcare policy pertaining to Nurse Practitioner practice and patient centered health care; and will remove barriers to Nurse Practitioner practice to gain access to quality health care for Floridians.