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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.
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.
Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. - "HIPAA! Covid-19: What you need to know." WCA members are invited to attend this complimentary webinar conducted by our Corporate Partner, Abyde. Abyde's own JD Davidson will present HIPAA information and what you need to know during COVID-19.
Friday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. - "Defend Your Castle Series." Join Dr. Unruh and SideCar for this complimentary webinar.
Don't Panic! PREPARE - Held March 19, 2020. WCA’s Corporate Partner, Money Tree Billing, presents: Ten steps you need to know to avoid panic and prepare for the Coronavirus and its economic effects on your business..
WCA Help Desk COVID-19 Webinar - Held March 24, 2020. This webinar features our healthcare attorney Barbara Zabawa & discusses the recent COVID-19 impacts on Employment and FMLA. Once you click the link you will need to enter your name & email address to view the recording.
"How to Provide Care & Orthotics While the World is Social Distancing." Held March 31, 2020 - Foot Levelers and Dr. Wong presents
"SBA Loan Process, Family Leave Act Tax Credit, and Tax Rebates." - Held on April 2 at 11:30 a.m. - QuarterMaster and Don Rasmussen present
"You Made the Decision to Keep Your Clinic Open...Now What?" - Held on April 3, 2020. Presented by Dr. Chris Anderson.
"SideCar: Prepare to Survive Then Thrive" Presented by Dr. Unruh
"SideCar: Defend The Castle" Presented by Dr. Unruh
"Telehealth 101: Strategies for Providing Care When Hands-on Treatment is Not an Option" Held on April 7 - with Dr. Tim Bertelsman.
RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS:
ABYDE: HIPAA COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE:
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.
NCMIC is here to help DCs by providing essential resources that address both the pandemic and your practice.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Do I need to Close My Office?
As healthcare facilities and providers (as defined in state statute Chapter 146), chiropractic clinics are exempt from Wisconsin Governor Tony Ever's emergency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people. This means it is YOUR DECISION to stay open or not. We urge you to carefully consider the pros and cons of remaining open and consult with your malpractice carrier to understand all potential risks. Please follow all other public health guidelines and proactively communicate with your patients.
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.
What do I do if I suspect a patient or employee has COVID-19?
Is my WCA Continuing Education Course cancelled?
The Governor has issued an order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more; therefore we have had to postpone our recent CE classes. WCA is reviewing each course on a case-by-case basis weekly. We’ll work to re-schedule when we can, based on guidance from the Governor. 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.
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER RESOURCES
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.
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. 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
SOCIAL SHARING: The following infographics are available to share with the general public.