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Covid-19 Resource Center

WCA COVID-19 Resource Center

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association recommends that all doctors of Chiropractic remain up to date with public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regard to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With many consumers in a state of concern, we understand that you and your staff may be receiving a high rate of calls and questions from patients. We have gathered a list of resources from credible resources as we navigate through this challenging time. This will allow you and your staff to access information quickly and easily, should you need it.  

WCA Help Desk

Additionally, the WCA Help Desk is available to WCA Members to provide additional assistance and resources. 

Because of the Pandemic, Help Desk is working remotely. Please email wcahelp@wichiro.org.


COVID-19 WEBINARS:

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and our partners are working hard to provide you regular webinars with important information to get us through these challenging times.  

PAST WEBINARS 

Once you click the link you will need to enter your name & email address to view the recording.


UPDATES:

Updated July 30, 2020

Governor Evers announced an Emergency Order today requiring face coverings in certain situations effective August 1, 2020. Read the Emergency Order here.

Updated June 7, 2020

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), which aims to address concerns business owners had about the original Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The June 30, 2020 application deadline for a PPP loan remains in effect and was not changed under the new law. Notable changes the Flexibility Act will make to the original Paycheck Protection Program include the following:

1.) PPPFA changes amount of loan needed for payroll to 60%
The original PPP loan program required businesses to spend 75% of the PPP loan on payroll. The PPPFA reduces the amount of the loan needed to be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%, thus increasing the amount of funds available for other expenses from 25% to 40%. Note: expenses eligible for forgiveness remain unchanged and include rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and interest on loans.

2.) PPPFA extends time period to use funds from 8 to 24 weeks.

3.) PPPFA pushes back a June 30 deadline to rehire workers to December 31, 2020, rather than the original June 30, 2020 deadline.

4.) PPPFA eases rehire requirements

5.) PPPFA extends the repayment term from 2 years to 5

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Additional Resources:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Related Webinars:

CARES Act Additional Resources

Updated May 14, 2020

Additional stimulus legislation providing roughly $484 billion in coronavirus relief was signed into law by President Trump on April 24. The relief bill contains $310 billion earmarked to replenish the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after the previous funds quickly ran out.

The Small Business Administration began accepting a second round of PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27.

Additionally, HHS recently extended the deadline for providers to attest that they received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund and accept the Terms and Conditions. You will now have 45 days rather than 30 to complete this process. 

As an example, the initial 30-day deadline for providers who received payment on April 10, 2020, is extended to May 24 from May 9, 2020. Please note that not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt of payment will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.

 

Updated April 22, 2020

Effective 4/21/2020 – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is now accepting online applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). PUA is a Federal benefit available to workers who are unable to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI). This includes:
Individuals who are self-employed.
Certain independent contractors.
Individuals with limited recent work history.
Other workers not covered by Regular UI.
***PUA is only available to workers not eligible for regular UI.

Updated April 16, 2020

Governor Evers issued another emergency order extending the safer at home restriction on Wisconsin residents with some limited exceptions. Chiropractors are still considered essential health care providers under this update order and continue to have the choice of whether to remain open or close.  Read the updated order here:

Updated April 6, 2020

Given the Governor has exempted chiropractors as essential health care providers in Wisconsin, the WCA advises Wisconsin chiropractors to follow CDC and OSHA guidelines related to health care providers and make every effort to wear a face mask of the highest practicable quality. Each clinic which remains open must evaluate its ability to maintain safety and sanitizing standards.

Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of Covid-19 (CDC)

How To Make Cloth Face Coverings (CDC)

FAQs for Cloth Face Coverings (CDC)

Updated April 2,2020

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association released the following statement regarding the topic of spinal adjustments and immunity to the Covid-19 virus. 

COVID-19 STATEMENT

Updated March 27th, 2020

Governor Evers issued his Safer at Home Executive Order effective 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. Chiropractors are exempt from this order as healthcare providers. This means you can stay open to serve your patients if you chose to do so - and if you can maintain safety and sanitation standards. 

WCA Donation Drive

In an effort to help the health care providers on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association encourages all chiropractors who may have new, unused medical supplies and personal protective equipment on-hand to consider donating them to Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedert Hospital.

WCA Medical Supply Donation Drive

Gundersen Health System Donation Drive

Our friends at Gundersen Health System are also coordinating a medical supply donation drive.  Any chiropractors in the GHS area who wish to donate medical supplies can contact Gundersen Medical Foundation, 608.775.6600.  Please leave a detailed message and they will return your call with additional drop-off information.

March 24, 2020

Our government affairs team has been communicating with the Governor's office since last week as to why chiropractic clinics should be considered essential as health care providers and have the choice of remaining open. The WCA office is closed with staff working remotely. We are checking office voice mails and are closely tracking email messages in an effort to serve Wisconsin chiropractors. Please check the WCA Facebook, LinkedIn and wichiro websites for information. We will send out mass emails as warranted. Thank you for your patience and stay safe! John Murray, WCA Executive Director

March 23, 2020

The WCA is aware of Governor Evers' “Safer at Home” emergency order, which is expected to be implemented on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020.  We are in contact with the Governor’s office to determine if Wisconsin chiropractors will continue to be exempt as healthcare facilities.  We will continue to communicate with you as we get further guidance from the state.  As of this moment, chiropractic clinics are exempt from the emergency order issued last Friday and can remain open if they so chose to do so provided they follow all relevant safety and sanitation guidelines. Governor Evers held a press call this afternoon to answer questions about his imminent Covid stay at home order. The specific emergency order that spells out who can and who cannot remain open is not yet available. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide an update when we know more.

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association is advocating for chiropractors to be allowed to stay open should they chose to do so as essential health care facilities. 

To read our letter to Governor Evers, click here


COVID-19 FAQ's 

Should Chiropractors and their staff wear masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

WCA advises that you  follow CDC  and OSHA guidelines related to health care providers and make every effort to wear a face mask of the highest practicable quality In addition, according to the  Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services , healthcare providers should adhere to CDC  Standard  andTransmission-based  precautions when caring for patients with COVID-19.  The Standard level is the floor for PPE and the Transmission level is when one has a suspected or known COVID.
 
Since any person can be a suspected COVID carrier, you should consider your level of comfort, what policies and procedures your practice adopts, and what is going on in your area when determining what PPE to use.  Erring on the side of caution is recommended to be safest and also put patients at ease. CDC states that, "to keep patients and healthcare personnel (HCP) healthy and safe, CDC’s infection prevention and control guidance applies to all settings where healthcare is delivered. However, as with any guidance, facilities can tailor certain recommendations to their setting."

 

Below are some sources for PPE:
International Orthopedics  (WCA Valued Corporate Partner)
Call International Orthopedics for your PPE supplies such as: office sanitation products and other essential COVID-19 prevention gear such as masks and gowns.
Phone: 800-321-0104
Email:  Zach@internationalorthopedics.com
Website: http://www.internationalorthopedics.com/

ScripHessco (WCA Valued Corporate Partner)
ScripHessco's team looks forward to helping you get the PPE you need. At this time, ScripHessco indicates that on Friday, May 1 they will have gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, thermometers & microbial electrodes all in stock and available to ship. Contact them for further details.
Phone: 800-507-3415 (Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM CST)
Email: SupplySales@scripco.com
Website:  ScripHessco.com

Turowski Healthcare Products, LLC
 (WCA Valued Corporate Partner)
Turowski has in stock cleaning products approved for use on adjusting tables, all surface cleaners, a variety of types of gloves & cloth masks from Core Products.
Phone:
877-268-3901
Email:  paul@turowskihealthcareproducts.com
Website: https://turowskihealthcareproducts.com/

Barge Nutrition & Supply
(Trusted Distributor)

Barge Nutrition & Supply currently has surgical masks, protex wipes, surface disinfectant and hand sanitizer in stock. On May 1 they will have forehead thermometers. On May 5 they will have KN95 masks in stock.
Phone: 800-657-4454
Website: bargesupply.com

Should I be monitoring staff for symptoms of COVID-19?

On March 20, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided recommendations for active symptom monitoring for employees in health care settings where community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring.  Read it here. 

How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect my business regarding FMLA and Sick Leave Benefits?

Should I Promote Spinal Adjustments/Manipulation and Immunity?

The World Federation of Chiropractic recently published a rapid review of the relevant literature relating to spinal adjustment/manipulation and immunity, which has been compiled by the WFC Research Committee and informs their advice.  We strongly recommended that all doctors of Chiropractic review the advice of the WFC in this document.

Is there evidence to support that spinal adjustments can improve immunity to COVID-19?

“ACA is committed to addressing misinformation that may cause confusion. While spinal adjustments are effective for a number of conditions, there is no quality evidence to support that they can improve immunity to COVID-19. Read their full statement here."

Is my WCA Continuing Education Course cancelled?

WCA is reviewing each course on a case-by-case basis weekly. We’ll work to re-schedule when we can, based on the most current public health guidance.   WCA Continuing Education Updates

 


WORLD FEDERATION OF CHIROPRACTIC RESOURCES

The World Federation of Chiropractic recently published a rapid review of the relevant literature relating to spinal adjustment/manipulation and immunity, which has been compiled by the WFC Research Committee and informs their advice.

 


SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

The public health crisis presented by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus is impacting individuals and businesses on a profound level. As a growing segment of the U.S. population adjusts their behavior patterns and daily activities, many businesses are seeing a dramatic decrease in revenue. External pressures such as government restrictions on public gatherings and the fear of a potential exposure occurring in your clinic are likely at the forefront of your mind. As we recently reported, chiropractic and other healthcare clinics are exempt from Wisconsin Governor Tony Ever's emergency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people. We suggest chiropractic clinics carefully review the information in the Resources section below for enhanced workplace sanitation measures, the CDC Healthcare Infection Control Guidance as well as suggestions for how to communicate with staff and patients.

RESOURCES:

 


HEALTHCARE PROVIDER RESOURCES

In regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association is issuing a recommendation that all Doctors of Chiropractic follow the most recent public health guidance issued by the  Centers for Disease Control & Prevention As our country comes to grips with the fact that COVID-19 is an emerging and pressing public health crisis, it is important that all healthcare professionals in Wisconsin and the United States keep up to date with current information on the virus.

 


WORKPLACE RESOURCES

If you have not yet held training with Staff to discuss your office preparedness plan, now is the time to do so. Increase cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas. Consider adding signage directed towards your patients informing them that 1) you are taking additional steps to increase cleaning/sanitation and 2) they should cover all coughs/sneezes and practice good hand hygiene as well as staying home when they feel ill. Review the information in the Resources for the Workplace section below and have your staff review as well. Discuss workplace safety, additional sanitation measures that will need to be taken and inform staff of the best way to contact you should they feel under the weather or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  Document all training in both your HIPAA and compliance manuals.  Consider treating pediatric patients on a designated day of the week when you will not be treating any elderly or high risk patients and doing heavier sanitizing at the end of that day.

 


FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 
RESOURCES:
SOCIAL SHARING: The following infographics are available to share with the general public. 

RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS:

ABYDE: HIPAA COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE:

CHIROHEALTHUSA

DR TY TALCOTT: ONLINE HIPAA RESOURCES.  Dr. Ty Talcott has recorded 8 hours of HIPAA information for DCs across the country. He has generously made these available to all. 

GENIUS SOLUTIONS

 

NCMIC

NCMIC is here to help DCs by providing essential resources that address both the pandemic and your practice.

 

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