Coronavirus Updates

Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 11:37 am

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Canada’s Economic Response Plan – March 30, 2020

The Canadian government announced their economic response plan for COVID-19, including support for small businesses. We recommend our clients look into this to see what support they may be eligible for to assist their practices and employees.

 

Teledentistry – March 28, 2020

For those of you interested in doing Teledentistry.  Numerous companies were investigated by several MGE clients.  They evaluated cost vs. functionality. The plus of Teledentistry is that it’s an easy way for a patient of record or new patient to check in with you and for you to evaluate whether you should see them in the office for urgent/emergency dental care.

You should of course do your own research on this – but the company that seems to “check all of the boxes” so far is Doxy.me.  Note: MGE has no affiliation with Doxy.me and this is not a paid endorsement.  This is simply a recommendation from a number of clients – so we wanted to post it here.

If you have concerns on billing, HIPPA etc. , the ADA posted a great FAQ on this.  Read it here.

There’s also general guidance on Teledentistry on the ADA’s Covid-19 resources page. Read it here.

New CDC Guidelines for Dental Offices – March 27, 2020

The CDC has updated the guidelines, recommending that dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.

 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Low-Interest Loans – March 24, 2020

We’ve had few clients asking about access to capital or funds to help get them through this time.  Currently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans to all small businesses in the U.S. up to $2 million dollars.  These funds can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the virus’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.

Now, in the meantime, Congress is going back and forth on a stimulus package that among many other things would enhance the SBA Loan program.

 

COVID-19 Resources for Dentists from the ADA – March 24, 2020

The ADA has published a comprehensive number of resources and answers to important questions, such as:

  • Guidance on Emergency versus Elective procedures.
  • Safety & OSHA guidance.
  • Employment agreements.
  • ADA Code of Ethics as it applies to COVID-19.
  • Coding & billing for teledentistry.
  • And more.

 

Latest MGE Update Re: Corona Virus – March 21, 2020

 

Updated Checklist for Practices that Are Closing Temporarily – March 21, 2020

In light of recent stay-home orders in many states, we’ve updated the checklist for dental offices that are only seeing emergency patients or fully closing down. Download it here:

Message from ADA Legislative Action Center – March 20, 2020

To address the issues stemming from actions taken by dentistry to halt the spread of COVID-19, the ADA is asking Congress to include dentistry in any COVID-19 relief packages. Click below to take action:

 

Client Tips for Coping with the Current Situation – March 20, 2020

As you know, MGE clients like to share and help each other achieve success. And there is no time when this is more important than right now! Several clients have let us know their successful actions for coping with the current situation, and they’ve had really smart ideas and have been doing great things for their communities.

So this is the first in a series of tips to share these successful actions. Click here to view the tips.

MGE Update Re: Corona Virus – March 16, 2020

Practice Action & Control Checklists

These past few weeks have been challenging for all of us. If anything, it’s been tough to keep up with the rapidity of changes in our society due to the coronavirus. So, we wanted to provide a checklist of some immediate action items for your practice. At this time, your level of business operation may vary depending on where you are in North America. So, we’ve actually developed two checklists you can download below: