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COVID-19 Resources for Prosthodontists

ACP COVID-19 Resource Center

The ACP is committed to supporting our members in this unprecedented time. We have gathered the below resources from reputable agencies and our fellow dental organizations to aid our members in decision making and planning next steps in response to the current pandemic.

Members can also utilize the ACP Communities to ask questions of fellow members, share their stories, and connect with other prosthodontists having to make difficult decisions.

Quick links: ACP Leadership ∙ Seeing Patients Private Practitioners Connecting Virtually ∙ Federal Response  Educational Webinars  Informative Resources

Last updated: June 11, 2020


From ACP Leadership
 

"We understand that you may be experiencing stress given the rapidly changing information and status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both in the U.S. and abroad. We want you to know we are monitoring the situation closely, keeping those affected in our hearts, and are listening carefully to your questions and concerns," said ACP President Dr. Stephen I. Hudis. You can read his full letter to ACP membership here

Here is a message from ACP Education Foundation Chair Dr. Karen Bruggers.

The ACP has also been proactively advocating for our members and other dental professionals.

We joined a broad coalition of dental organizations in supporting this letter to the Department of Labor, requesting that dental practices of fewer than 50 employees be granted an exemption to certain conditions outlined in HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as certain provisions could result in significant financial challenges for private practitioners. You can learn more about the letter here, and the FFCRA here

We will continue to advocate for our members and the specialty through this pandemic and beyond.


Seeing Patients

As government mandates lift and dentists reopen practices, ADA offers a Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit & COVID-19 Hazard Assessment with recommendations before, during and after appointments to protect dentists, patients and staff.

The ADA recommends implementing these steps in your practice:

  • ask patients to arrive on time for their appointments, rather than too early, since that will minimize the amount of time they spend in your waiting room or reception area
  • remove magazines, reading materials, toys and other objects that may be touched by others and which are not easily disinfected
  • schedule appointments to minimize possible contact with other patients in the waiting room

The CDC updated their Guidance for Dental Settings on May 19, 2020.  


Private Practitioners 


Many ACP members own their own practices and/or manage staff. 

See the Return to Work Toolkit from the American Dental Association for valuable guidance.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees* and certain public sector employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. See the most recent list of FAQ's from the Department of Labor here.  

*There might be some exceptions made for employers with less than 50 employees if the employer files a hardship exemption with the Secretary of Labor.

More information, including the mandatory posting, can be found at the Department of Labor’s webpage on COVID-19

The National Law Review has written a digestible overview of the FFCRA that is available here

Additionally, here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a helpful guide to assist small businesses in determining their eligibility for coronavirus related loans.

The ACP recommends that business owners consult with their legal and/or human resources specialists for more detailed information regarding their specific situation.


Connecting Virtually


Whether you’re an educator having to adapt lesson plans quickly, or a private practitioner wanting to keep in contact with your staff and patients, there are several programs you can use to connect virtually. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) gathered this list of resources, all of which have free package options:

  • Zoom – This easy, reliable cloud platform can be used for video and audio conferencing, chat and webinars. Host up to 100 participants, have unlimited 1-to-1 meetings and more. 
  • GoToMeeting – The GoToMeeting Free plan is a great way to get started with quick and easy online meetings. The free plan allows you and your coworkers or friends to collaborate with high-quality screen sharing, webcams, VoIP audio and chat messaging in one session – no download needed. 
  • UberConference – Chat with up to 10 participants on this rich interface that makes it easy to do things like mute a noisy caller, dial-in and share your screen, use voice intelligence to transcribe your meetings and employ custom hold music. 
  • Skype – Access easy video meetings with no sign ups or downloads. Generate your free unique link with one click, share it with participants and enjoy effortless meetings with Skype. Have a full set of features at your disposal. Free conference calls, no sign ups, no downloads required. 
  • Google Hangouts – Connect with your team from anywhere. With easy-to-join video calls, you can meet face-to-face without having to be in the office. 


The American Dental Association has several webinars and COVID-19 Digital Events, including Small Business Administration Loans for Dentists.


Federal Response


The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. More information is available at the Department of Labor (DOL).

A digestible overview of FFCRA was written by the National Law Review. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Small Business Exemption for School/Child Care Closure-Related Leave
Under the FFCRA, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for an exemption from providing paid sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave due to the closure of a child’s school or place of care due to a public health emergency if doing so would jeopardize the viability of the business. The Department of Labor will further specify the criteria to meet the small business exemption in forthcoming regulations. However, the guidance states that small employers wishing to elect this exemption should document why their business meets the criteria to be set forth by the Department.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed and signed into law. There are many components to this bill, which is intended to provide federal support in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic ramifications.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, put together by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, contains answers to frequently asked questions and links to resources.

How Businesses Can Use SBA Loans Under the CARES Act from Barnes & Thornburg LLP also has useful information.
 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a helpful guide to assist small businesses in determining their eligibility for coronavirus related loans.


The White House, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has issued the following guidelines as part of their '30 Days to Slow the Spread' effort:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

Additionally, the CDC has created this page of Information for Healthcare Professionals and updated their Guidance for Dental Settings on May 19, 2020. 


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