CPNP and Fellow Pharmacy Association Actions
- CPNP Joins Pharmacy Community in Recommending Inclusion of Pharmacists and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act in COVID-19 legislation
- Pharmacist Advocacy Groups Call for New Action to Enhance COVID-19 Patient Care
Pharmacy organizations representing the interests of all pharmacists in the United States have released a joint set of policy recommendations critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
APhA House of Delegates 2020: CPNP members Julie Dopheide and Sarah Melton represented APhA at the first ever virtual APhA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting due to the cancellation of the APhA Annual Meeting. The HOD addressed a number of COVID-19 pandemic emergency measures as summarized online
. Added 3/24/20
- CPNP Hosts Telepsychiatry Webinar
In this webinar, Jeff Gold, PharmD, BCPP, discusses how to safely and effectively provide telepsychiatric services, what to do in a crisis or emergency, technology issues, legal issues, and, telehealth etiquette. Added 3/25/20
- AMA, APhA, ASHP Issue Joint Statement About COVID-19 Medications
The organizations issued the joint statement to highlight the important role that physicians, pharmacists and health systems play in being just stewards of health care resources during times of emergency and national disaster. Added 3/26/20
- BPS Extends the Spring Examination Testing Window
The April-May 2020 Testing Window has been extended through June 30, 2020 as testing centers are closed through April 15, 2020 due to COVID-19. Additional information regarding exam cancelations and testing windows can be found in the BPS press release
. Added 3/27/20
- Relax Pharmacy Regulations to Help with COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
This special edition policy brief is intended to promote effective ideas among key decision-makers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Added 4/1/20
Monitoring the Pandemic
- Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center
Dynamic website to help advance public and policymaker understanding of the virus. Includes a number of resources and tools such as an interactive map, daily updates, COVID-19 basics, answers to frequently asked questions.
- CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Includes several resources for healthcare professionals and the community for monitoring and responding to the pandemic.
Provision of Mental Health Care and the Pandemic
- American Psychiatric Association: COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts: Resources for Psychiatrists
List of resources for mental health providers (and families) on a variety of topics related to COVID-19 including “Supporting the Mental Health of Patients During COVID-19: A Guide for Healthcare Personnel.
- National Council for Behavioral Health Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus
Includes various links and resources for Behavioral Health Organizations as well as links to resources to help patients such as ways to decrease anxiety regarding coronavirus.
- SAMHSA COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs
Provides detailed guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs for providing essential pharmacotherapy during an outbreak.
- CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet (waivers)
Includes descriptions of various regulatory waivers available because of the emergency declaration including “Care for Excluded Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Patients in the Acute Care Unit of a Hospital”
- WHO Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
March 12th guidance from WHO regarding targeting different groups to support during the outbreak including healthcare workers, children, team leaders, and people in isolation.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Coronavirus Resources
Comprehensive list of guidance and resources impacting provision of addiction treatment in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to national guidance (eg, DEA, CMS, NIDA) and select state guidance.
- SAMHSA COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance
Guidance to ensure that substance use disorder treatment services are uninterrupted during this public health emergency.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): COVID-19 Potential Implications for Individuals with SUDs
COVID-19 could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard.
- ASAM Updated National Practice Guideline for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
The latest evidence-based approaches for clinicians to treat individuals living with OUD, including special populations, and suggests regulatory flexibility is needed to expand access to care—which is especially critical during the ongoing coronavirus emergency actions.
Other Resources and Links of Interest
- AMA COVID-19 resource center
Contains updates from the American Medical Association with helpful information such as links to new webinars on COVID-19, guidance, and frequently asked questions.
- NEJM articles related to COVID-19
A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.
- Wolters Kluwer Resources and Tools
Updates and resources available - at no charge - for clinicians, nurses and medical researchers, in response to new developments, evidence and guidance.
- PCSS Resources
CPNP partner, Providers Clinical Support System, is providing resources designed to assist you in treating substance use disorders and opioid use disorder, Not all resources are directly related to COVID19, but are trainings that you may find useful, such as Stress, Relaxation, and Mindful Breathing: A Primer and Supporting Providers After Overdose Death. Added 3/25/20
- American Medical Association (AMA) resources for health care leadership
The AMA has developed a list of practical strategies for health system leadership to consider as they try to support their care teams during COVID-19. The areas range from child and pet care to food delivery. Several relate to workforce distribution leveraging the skills of the entire team. Added 3/31/20
- National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19
NAM has compiled resources to offer more information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians during public health emergencies. Added 3/31/20
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