COVID-19 Preparedness

COVID-19 is impacting our community's, colleagues, staff, family and friends. COIPA is dedicated to our members by offering a central location to turn to during this crisis. We are updating the information and resources regularly. 

A note from COIPA's CMO was distributed to all our members on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.  Communications  will continue from the COIPA staff to ensure that we are offering our members the best support we can. 

Below is a central location of resources to our members to stay up to date with continual and accurate information on the current state of our communities.

CMS Regulatory changes to address patient surge:

You are encouraged to click through to review all the changes in detail. But among them, here are some specific callouts: 

•    Allowing healthcare systems and hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls
•    Allowing hospitals to provide benefits and support to their medical staffs
•    Making it easier for providers to enroll in Medicare 
•    Temporarily eliminating paperwork requirements and allowing clinicians to spend more time with patients
•    Expanding access to telehealth services for people with Medicare
•    Paying for more than 80 additional services when furnished via telehealth

CMS Fact Sheet for relief for quality reporting:


CMS has announced the extension of the MIPS QPP data submission deadline. Providers will now have through April 30 to submit their QPP data. The extreme and uncontrollable circumstance exception is still available for providers who are unable to submit their data by the April deadline. Please see the related memo and fact sheet.


Who is leading the effort from the Oregon Health Authority?

-Kattaryna Stiles is leading the effort from the Oregon Health Authority in coordinating efforts between our region and the state. Her direct contact is:


Funding and Grant Options: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. 

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first serve basis. (04.15.20) 







FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Added 5/6/2020)


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated $200 million dollars to eligible providers In response to the COVID pandemic. The text below is copied directly from the FCC’s FAQ web site, and according to social media, applications and payments are being processed quickly by the FCC.


You can find more information about the program here:


What is the COVID-19 Telehealth Program?


“The Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) adopted the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program in a Report and Order released April 2, 2020. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program was established by the Commission in response to the public health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through this program, the Commission will distribute the $200 million Congress appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Is this a grant program?


“No, the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is not a grant program.  To receive disbursements, eligible health care providers that are approved for funding will be required to submit an invoicing form and supporting documentation in order to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses and services.  Applicants who receive funding will be required to comply with all program rules and requirements, including applicable reporting requirements, and may be subject to compliance audits.”


Note: Caravan Health presented an informational webinar on May 5 and has offered to assist the COIPA ACO participants with reviewing and applying for the FCC telehealth funds (we will post a public recording in the next Advocate). For COIPA members who are NOT part of the ACO, please contact for more information or assistance applying.

Employer Guidelines Addressing COVID-19:


Resources for our clinics and their staff: COVID-19 Master Talking Points(04.15.20)



Telemedicine Options For Our Members:

Federal FCC Grant for Telehealth Available to Qualifying Providers


The FCC has released a public notice providing guidance on filing an application for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding. This program includes $200 million in funding to help ensure healthcare providers can deliver connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to COVID-19. Link to online portal to complete and submit the requests for funding.

Contract Updates For Our Members:

COVID-19 Testing Resources:

Note: Clinicians throughout the community can order COVID-19 testing at their discretion through commercial labs WITHOUT approval by public health.

Offers from Intalere (Links to more detailed information from each supplier are available under the Coronavirus Upadtes & resources section on the Operational Continuity and Emergency Management page of the Intalere Member Resources website.)

Cardinal Health

  • Facial Protection – Currently experiencing significant back orders. Limited replenishment inventory will be available intermittently for at least the next 2-3 months. N95 mask inventory remains out of stock or at extremely low levels.

  • Infection Control Apparel Gowns – Currently experiencing intermittent back orders with declining inventory. Stock-outs expected within the next 1-2 months.

  • Caps & Shoe Covers – Currently experiencing intermittent back orders with declining inventory. Stock-outs expected within the next 1-2 months.

  • Exam Gloves – At this time, they anticipate ability to meet customers’ historic demand while monitoring for future potential back order risk.

  • Traditional Wound Care – Over 200 Cardinal Health™ brand TWC products were put on allocation on Monday, March 9. Customer allocation is based upon historical purchases.

  • Surgical Gowns – Allocation as supply health continues to improve from the recent supply disruption. Sterile gowns are expected to reach healthy inventory levels in June with full recovery in August. Non-sterile surgical gowns are expected to reach healthy inventory levels in April with full recovery in May.


  • McKesson: Given the surge in demand and their relative inability to receive resupply, McKesson has begun to stock out of select PPE items. They have some ability to procure product from sources within the U.S. and in other foreign countries, and they are working to identify new sources as well. Unfortunately, most other firms, including those representing Chinese demand, are doing the same. Additionally, for items beyond PPE, they are working closely with manufacturers to increase production. With this in mind, they have made several decisions to help manage their demand to support healthcare providers:

    • They have stopped selling PPE items in short supply to resellers and consumer websites.

    • They have stopped taking orders for PPE items from new customers.

    • They are also allocating the supply of select items to existing customers.


  • GOJO: GOJO has seen an increase in demand for their hand hygiene products. The greatest increase in demand, at this time, is for PURELL® Hand Sanitizer. This increase in demand is across all markets – including healthcare, government and first responders. They significantly increased production many weeks ago when global demand for their products began to increase. They’ve been running at full capacity 24/7 and bringing additional capacity online as quickly as possible to help ensure customers have the PURELL® and PROVON® products they need.

    As they monitor the continued demand for GOJO products, it may be necessary to standardize into a core assortment of products better suited to meet market needs by maximizing production efficiencies. Examples could include moving to a streamlined/limited set of bottle sizes, or offering PURELL® Hand Sanitizer in only the dye-free, fragrance-free formulation. If they determine a limited portfolio is necessary, they will provide detailed communication to distribution and GPO partners.

    • Please note: A limited portfolio would not require a facility to change dispensers or their soap antimicrobial preference. It may, however, require them to standardize to a PURELL® Hand Sanitizer foam or gel refill that is compatible with their current dispensing system, for the short term.


  • STERIS: In response to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, STERIS has established a global cross-functional leadership team to monitor and respond to the situation. Information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and other country-based health authorities are informing their planning and actions.

    They are continuing to review their supply chain and their ability to provide products and services at normal or routine schedules. At this time and based upon the available information, they do not anticipate a significant impact on STERIS. However, this situation is continuing to evolve, so they will provide updates if they need to adjust how they operate.


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