The Arizona Medical Association is working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that Arizona's physicians are provided with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Do Masks Really Work? A Letter from ArMA President Dr. Ross Goldberg
Lately, I have seen a lot of confusion and/or misinformation on face masks and their use. Literature was recently provided to the Arizona Medical Association with the perspective that cloth masks used by the public do not provide a benefit and/or are a risk to the public in general. Perhaps your patients have mentioned this type of information. As someone who is not only the President of ArMA but also a practicing General Surgeon, an author on numerous peer-reviewed articles, and an active peer reviewer for several surgical journals, I wanted to share insights that may be of interest to your patients...
Click here to read the full letter along with details on the data surrounding face masks. The Flinn Foundation and other constituent organizations of Greater Phoenix Leadership recently launched the #MaskUpAZ campaign on social media in an effort to raise awareness for the importance of face masks and coverings at this critical time.
- On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the signing of a new Executive Order to limit restaurant dine-in capacity to less than 50%, per the fire code determinations of capacity for each restaurant. You can click here to view the full Executive Order. Enforcement of the order can be carried out by health inspectors from the counties, or by local law enforcement officials. This order goes into effect Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m.
- On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that local officials, including mayors, would be allowed to begin implementing mandatory face covering policies in their respective cities and counties. These mandates would likely require individuals wear some form of a face mask or face covering while in a public space where physical distancing is not guaranteed. Click here for more information. ArMA also released a statement on the governor's Wednesday afternoon announcement. The mayors of Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa almost immediately indicated that such policies were already being considered.
- On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that he would be allowing his modified stay-at-home order to expire on Friday, May 15. The move comes after Governor Ducey announced he would begin to ease restrictions on restaurants, sporting venues, retail businesses, and other public spaces throughout the month of May. You can learn more here.
- On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the signing of Executive Order 2020-32 to allow hospitals and other health care facilities to resume certain elective surgeries if the facilities could demonstrate at least a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), among other benchmarks. Click here for more information.
- Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Governor Ducey's Executive Order, instituting his moderated version of a 'Stay at Home' order, will go into effect at least until April 30, meaning that Arizonans shall limit their time away from their home, except:
• To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
• For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
• To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
• And for employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
- Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), among other new guidelines, is instructing people to not visit nursing homes and other long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance in an emergency. All expiration dates for Arizona driver licenses are suspended in order to minimize activity at MVD locations.
- ADHS confirms that if someone in your family/household has tested positive for COVID-19, you must keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider as soon as possible. Additionally, as usual, stay home if you are sick and otherwise continue to maintain a high level of social/physical distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- Governor Doug Ducey's last news conference regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency took place on Thursday, July 9. You can click here to watch it.
- On Friday, May 15, 2020, ADHS announced that the Arizona Testing Blitz would be extended for two more weekends, to May 30. People who visit an Arizona Testing Blitz site can get a PCR test, which is a diagnostic test that determines if a person is currently infected with COVID-19. The cost of the test will vary by site depending on which healthcare partner is providing the testing and you may be required to pre-register. Read more here.
- On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they would be increasing payments for audio-only telephone visits between
Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to about $46-$110, with the payments being retroactive to March
1, 2020. The move is primarily in response to joint AMA-ArMA advocacy on the matter. Click here to
read the letter that was sent to CMS and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on April 29.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, ADHS launched the Arizona Surge Line. The new call line is now live, toll-free, and available 24/7. Hospitals can call at any time and arrange for the transfer of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to facilities that can provide a more appropriate level of care. ArMA worked closely with ADHS to staff this initiative. ADHS is also seeking critical care and palliative care physicians who would be willing to volunteer their time for this initiative. Click here to read the full news release from ADHS or click here to go directly to the Arizona Surge Line website for more information.
- On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Governor Ducey declared a public health emergency in Arizona just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak had escalated into a global pandemic.
Read more about Governor Ducey's declaration and executive order.
For up-to-date information, visit the CDC's COVID-19 website and the WHO's COVID-19 website
Are you a physician interested in volunteering amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? ADHS needs emergency response volunteers to call upon during this time of extreme need. The knowledge and skills you have can help make a meaningful difference during these unprecedented times.
The first step in volunteering is to register with the Arizona Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP).
Once registered, you can request membership into the COVID-19 Response or other categories of interest. Your service to Arizona's patients will not go unrecognized.
ArMA continues to remain in constant contact with the state's top health care decisionmakers, from the Governor's office to ADHS. ArMA played a central role in Governor Ducey's Executive Orders on telemedicine coverage, malpractice liability reform, elective surgeries, and more.
Check back in the coming weeks as we share more details of our advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels! For more detailed information on ArMA advocacy, feel free to contact Jon Amores at email@example.com or Meghan McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read the AMA's summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known at the CARES Act, by clicking here.
Come and join us for our next virtual town hall! This week's event will be focused on a variety of state efforts from the perspective of organized medicine in Arizona, bringing together the presidents of the Arizona Medical Association, Maricopa County Medical Society, and Pima County Medical Society. The purpose of this event is to provide you with updates on COVID-19 related efforts from across the state, with our guest panel ready to answer your questions in real-time.
Our guest panel is set to include:
- Dr. Ross Goldberg, President of the Arizona Medical Association
- Dr. Lee Ann Kelley, President of the Maricopa County Medical Society
- Dr. Robert Segal, President of the Pima County Medical Society
Be sure to join us on Wednesday, July 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Click here to fill out our quick registration form and reserve your spot today!
ArMA is dedicated to providing you with access to the most up-to-date information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. As you continue to tune in to our virtual town halls, we will also continue to provide you with unparalleled access to our state's top health care decisionmakers, from insurers to legislators and beyond. Visit ArMA's YouTube channel to watch past town halls.
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on Arizona's Family (July 1)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on Fox News (June 29)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., in Community Impact (June 25)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on BBC's Newsday (June 29)
- ArMA Physician Dr. Steve Maher on Fox 10 (July 2)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on Fox 10 (June 21)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., in The Arizona Republic (June 22)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on KJZZ (June 19)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on KOLD News 13 (June 16)
- ArMA Past-President M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., in the AMA COVID-19 Update (May 7)
- ArMA Physician Nicholas Vasquez, M.D., on Arizona's Family (April 19)
- ArMA Past-President M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., on KJZZ (March 25)
- ArMA President Ross Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., on Arizona PBS (March 24)
Check back in the coming days for more information on recent appearances ArMA members have made in the media regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Arizona.
Click here to be taken to ArMA's dedicated page of COVID-19 resources for physicians and the public.