Guidance for Health Professionals, Athletic Programs, Coaches, Parents & Athletes
Disclaimer – The resources provided in this section are not official AMSSM Position Statements or endorsed by AMSSM, however multiple AMSSM members were involved in the development of these materials. AMSSM recognizes athletic departments, coaches and athletes are facing a fluid situation with COVID-19 and recommendations/guidance from the CDC, WHO and sporting bodies may be changing regularly as we learn more about this virus. Nonetheless, AMSSM feels there is value in sharing these resources for public consumption and consideration of the membership.
Temporary Expansion of Telehealth Services During the Pandemic Response
As sports medicine physicians continue to react to the worldwide pandemic, AMSSM is tracking ongoing government response efforts that affect you and your practice of sports medicine. The temporary expansion of telehealth services will be a key tool to help you during the pandemic. It not only allows sick and at-risk patients to seek medical care using common technology from home; it also protects you from potential exposure to the virus. In general, AMSSM views these telehealth changes as a necessary response to the national emergency and, if some of these adjustments are made permanent, may change and enhance the way you deliver health care in the future.
We encourage all AMSSM members to establish protocols and procedures for telehealth utilization. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published coding and billing information at this link. Likewise, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet at this link. CMS has also published a letter to clinicians at this link, with guidance about CMS payments, testing and claims reporting, waivers, and telehealth utilization. CMS recently issued updated guidelines that significantly expand telehealth services, including increased payments for audio-only telephone visits. Please find a brief summary of the relaxed Medicare telehealth regulations below.
CMS published a 20-minute video (to view, click here) that answers common questions about the expanded Medicare telehealth services benefit. For updated CMS information, please visit www.cms.gov/newsroom and the CMS Current Emergencies Website.
Government COVID-19 Efforts
The federal government is disseminating information to assist small businesses, health care workers, and all Americans through a variety of websites, listed below. Much of this information may be helpful for you or the people you serve. For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC's website: www.coronavirus.gov.