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Updated St. Louis County COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Physicians can release St. Louis County COVID-19 patients from isolation following CDC guidelines, according to a statement issued November 13 by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. This emergency provision has been implemented due to limited capacity of Public Health staff to continue handling releases. The department also asks physicians to provide clinical […]

St. Louis Business Journal Commentary – Mask Up, Because It’s the Right Thing To Do

The following commentary by 2020 SLMMS President Dr. Jason Skyles appeared in the View Point section of the St. Louis Business Journal on August 21, 2020 Mask up … Because it’s the right thing to do Jason Skyles, MD 2020 President, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society The COVID-19 pandemic has most certainly upended our economy, […]

COVID-19 Information Resources for Physicians

Following are useful website with current information on coronavirus. St. Louis County Coronavirus Page http://stlcorona.com Johns Hopkins University https://coronavirus.jhu.edu Includes real-time dashboard of coronavirus cases and deaths, plus interactive map showing cases by location, and expert advice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Information for Health Care Professionals www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html American Medical Association https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians Missouri Department […]

Federal Rules on Telehealth Eased During COVID-19

Note: The following is condensed from a report by the Lashly & Baer law firm. Click here for the full report. For more information, contact: Stuart Vogelsmeier at Lashly & Baer, sjvogels@lashlybaer.com The federal government has responded to the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing guidance regarding the expanded use of telehealth services by licensed […]

St. Louis Physicians Discuss How COVID-19 Is Affecting Their Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered daily life around the world. Physician practices are experiencing major changes as well. These vary widely by specialty. Yet several common themes run through all practices. Non-essential appointments and procedures are being postponed. Consultations are being done by phone when possible. Protections are being instituted against infected patients. St. […]

COVID-19 Q&A with Emily Doucette, MD, St. Louis County Department of Public Health

The St. Louis community is fortunate to have physicians Dr. Sam Page and Dr. Emily Doucette in senior leadership positions in this time of crisis. Dr. Doucette, acting co-director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, took a few minutes from her long and intense days to update physicians in this Q&A with […]

History Lesson: How St. Louis Reduced the Death Toll With Swift and Broad Closures in the 1918 Flu Pandemic

In the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed millions worldwide, St. Louis was a leader in implementing social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the flu. Among the 10 largest U.S. cities at the time (St. Louis was sixth-largest), St. Louis achieved the lowest death rate. Credit is given to city Health Commissioner Dr. Max […]

New Resources Added to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has announced two important enhancements to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)  that covers much of Missouri including the entire St. Louis metropolitan area: Prescribing Summaries will now be sent quarterly to providers in the Missouri jurisdictions covered by the PDMP. The Prescribing Summary breaks down the […]

MIPS 2019 Data Submission Now Open/Check Your Initial 2020 MIPS Eligibility on the QPP Website

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting Data for 2019 through March 31 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. […]

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