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COVID-19 Update for NPs

As the world continues to respond to the developing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, officials in New York are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the outbreak as well as taking steps to protect our communities and public health.

Executive Order Update and Impact on Nurse Practitioners

As part of the State’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 23, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order (EO) 202.10, which has a particular focus on the health professions in New York State. Among other things, the EO ensures that Nurse Practitioners will be able to provide aid during the COVID-19 response and temporarily removes certain administrative barriers to practice until at least through 6/7/2020 (pursuant to EO 202.28).

For example, according to the EO waives:

  • “Subdivision (3) of Section 6902 of Education Law, and any associated regulations, including, but not limited to, Section 64.5 of Title 10 of the NYCRR, to the extent necessary to permit a nurse practitioner to provide medical services appropriate to their education, training and experience, without a written practice agreement, or collaborative relationship with a physician, without civil or criminal penalty related to a lack of written practice agreement, or collaborative relationship, with a physician, without civil or criminal penalty”; (emphasis added) and

  • additional provisions of the Education Law “to the extent necessary to provide that” NPs and other key healthcare professionals “shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been sustained directly as a result of an act or omission by such medical professional in the course of providing medical services in support of the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, unless it is established that such death or injury was caused by the gross negligence of such medical professional.”

The NPA is pleased that the State of New York recognizes the valuable contributions Nurse Practitioners make to the health of New Yorker's. The NPA is in regular contact with both the State Education Department and the Department of Health.  If either agency issues clarifying guidance, The NPA will keep you apprised.

Federal COVID-19 Updates and Impact on Nurse Practitioners

There have been a number of updates in Federal law that pertains to nurse practitioners and the COVID-19 response. Of particular note is the recently passed CARES act which will authorize nurse practitioners for the first time, to certify home health care orders. Please visit AANPs Resource Page for all things related to COVID-19. 

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Important Resources

App suggestions for communicating with your loved ones while hospitalized

New York State Department of Health - FAQs Use of Telehealth Including Telephonic Services during the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Website -https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/

Medicaid Update - Provider Enrollment - April 2020 Volume 36 Number 8

New York State Department of Health - https://www.health.ny.gov/

New York State Department of Health - COVID-19 Symptom Check for the hearing imparied

New York State Department of Health WIC Program -  free outreach assistance and information

New York State Updates on Coronavirus and Operation of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs - https://hungersolutionsny.org/covid-19/ Including crisis response Pandemic EBT Benefits for 2.1 million children.

For free and confidential prescreening and application assistance with nutrition programs: https://hungersolutionsny.org/get-food-help-0/

National Case Counts - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

New York State Office of Professions website - http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html#

New York State Office of Professions Telepractice Guidance

New York State Vital Records Newsletter Spring 2020

Telehealth Toolkit: Avance Care has assembled this COVID-19 Toolkit for Independent Primary Care Providers

Quick overview of what you might be feeling with the continued social distancing and COVID-19. What can you do? Some mental health tips. Written by Grace Wlasowicz, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, NPA Education Chair

OSHA Poster - Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus - Free Poster to Download and post in the Workplace

City of New York COVID-19 Hotel Program - The City of New York's COVID-10 Hotel Program provides free hotel stays to eligible New Yorkers (e.g., healthcare workers and volunteers) who cannot isolate where they live. This will help New York City stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • To determine if you are eligible and to make a reservation, visit nyc.gov/covid19hotels
  • Keep checking the website as eligibility may be expanding to other groups

Assistance for Organizations - including healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profits and more - https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/organizations.page

Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors - You are not alone. We understand home is not always safe. For services, visit nyc.gov/nychope or call NYC's 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-4673 or call 911 for emergencies

Confidentially Self-Report COVID-19 Status and Symptoms - Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doitt/about/covid-19/engagement-portal.page

It's ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you - If you think a store excessively increased the price of items needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID-19, you can: 

Donate money, medical supplies or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front line workers - https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/give-help/donate.page 

All New York City playgrounds are closed until further notice - Share thread in multiple languages

To access SNAP online ordering -  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents -  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/covid-19-resources.page

NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal - the City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis - Learn more or sign up here

NYC COVID-19 Website launches COVID-19 Date Page - The NYC Health Department's COVID-19 website www.nyc.gov/coronavirus adds COVID-19 Data - an interactive page which provides visitors the City's most up to date Novel Coronavirus data.

Want to become more involved?

  • Visit COVID Connect to join our list serve and submit questions and/or requests to the Health Department's COVID-19 response team.
  • Text "COVID" ("COVIDESP" en espanol) to 692-692 for regular COVID-19 updates from Notify NYC.

Recommended Disinfectants

Take care to wipe down all surfaces with products that have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against emerging, enveloped viral pathogens. This is a critical step in keeping you and your facility protected. A list of appropriate cleaning products is being kept by the Center for Biocide Chemistries, which can be found at https://www.americanchemistry.com/novel-coronavirus-fighting-products-list.pdf

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