Coronavirus

UPDATED – 6/1/2020 3:23 pm

Please see the pages to the right for more info. The MOA is issuing regular updates via email and updating this page with all that information. Please forward all MOA COVID-19 updates on to your optometric colleagues. If they are not receiving our updates, please inform them that our emails may be going to their spam or junk folders. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Plan for Reopening Michigan

Michigan Optometric Association Guidelines for Re-Opening Michigan Optometric Practices

On Thursday, April 16th, the MOA held an informational webinar with Eric Botts, OD of Optometric Billing Consultants to provide answers on telehealth optometry during the COVID-19 crisis. 

View the recording here (or click on the photo above) // View or download the slides here

On Monday, April 6th, the MOA held an informational webinar with Jodi Schafer of HRM Services, and Grant Williams of Miller Canfield to provide answers on the COVID-19 situation. This webinar was scheduled to address questions regarding State and Federal unemployment and small business benefits for their employees, contract employees, and themselves. The recording is highly informative and we suggest watching it in full if you can. The last 30 minutes covers questions asked by the live audience. 

View the recording here (or click on the photo above)

Resources:

Additional Resources from Jodi Schafer, HRM Services

Memo from Miller Canfield 

COVID-19 Resources from GCSI

MOA Membership dues waived 2 months

Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19

Please view this important Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) guidance on how to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) during crisis capacity here

These are strategies that can be utilized by health care workers to optimize use of PPE during periods of known shortages. They should only be used when there is limited supply that has exceeded the ability to provide conventional standards. Please feel free to share this information with your organization's networks and contacts, including 911 dispatch centers, PSAPs, emergency management professionals, home health workers, hospice workers, Area Agencies on Aging employees, hospitals, EMS, medical examiners, physicians and nurses, clinics, pharmacies, labs, public health departments employees, regional health care coalition members and tribes.  


AS OF MARCH 17, 2020 THE CDC STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL OPTOMETRY PRACTICES IN MICHIGAN VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND NON-ESSENTIAL, NON-URGENT OPTOMETRIC CARE.



Highlighting that this is a rapidly changing situation, yesterday evening the CDC has released a recommendation that  ALL routine Dental and Eye Care appointments are postponed. This is a difficult decision that each practitioner needs to make individually. Clinics/offices should take steps to remain available to care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care.  This will also be a great benefit to local hospital emergency rooms.

On March 14, Governor Whitmer issued this updated order for health care facilities prohibiting the entrance of certain visitors into a health care facility and a requirement for a health evaluation of all individuals that are not under the care of the health care facility. Please read the order carefully. Below is a general summary of the updated order.

Please note, the summary is not in any way intended as legal advice and is not a substitute to reading and implementing the order to the extent applicable. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact your attorney. The order itself does not define "health care facility." M.C.L.A. 331.1103 defines a Health Care Facility in a manner that would include the office of an optometrist. The most conservative interpretation would assume that an optometrist office is a health care facility.

Summary: 

1. Healthcare facilities are prohibited from allowing visitors who are not necessary for the provision of medical services into the facility (unless another allowable exception applies including certain exigent circumstances). 
2. Further, all health care facilities must perform a health evaluation of all individuals that are not under the care of that facility each time the individual enters the facility. Those that do not meet the evaluation criteria must be denied entry.