March 17th COVID-19 Update

Small Business Administration declaration of economic disaster in Bristol, Norfolk, and Worcester counties

The federal SBA has administratively declared an economic disaster in Bristol, Norfolk, and Worcester counties. Disaster loans will be available will now be available to entities in those counties. 

Information about federal SBA disaster loans can be found here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

DPH emergency credentialing and licensed staff transfer procedures

The Department of Public Health issued an order regarding expedited credentialing process for licensed independent practitioners and expedited transfers of licensed clinical staff among facilities. 

The full DPH order on credentialing and staffing can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-of-the-commissioner-of-public-health-implementing-emergency-credentialing-and-licensed/download

Division of Insurance coverage for telehealth

The Division of Insurance issued an order on 3-16 regarding insurance coverage for medically necessary telehealth services. 

The full order is here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-telehealth-order/download

Department of Agricultural Resources cancellations and guidance on farm biosecurity

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has postponed, cancelled or moved to a remote format all events over the next thirty (30) days.  MDAR provided recommendations to prevent introducing or spreading disease on the farm. 

The full recommendations are linked here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/mdar-addressing-covid-19-coronavirus-impacts-and-guidance/download

 

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