COVID-19 Information

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******UPDATE: April 7, 2021 - Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an executive order extending social distancing measures April 8-30. Among the guidance that will affect chiropractors:
Masks are still strongly urged and CDC guidelines recommend masks for all outpatient clinics.
Six feet of distance is still recommended.
Those exposed to a person with COVID-19 (spent 15+ minutes within six feet of a person with COVID-19 without PPE) do NOT have to quarantine in the following circumstances:
  • If you have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving either the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
  • If you have recovered from lab-confirmed COVID-19 and already met criteria to end isolation and are within 90 days of first symptoms appearing or the first COVID-19 positive test.
Businesses should use any measures that have been proven effective to control COVID-19, and frequent disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces is still included.

GCA reminds doctors that the law protecting businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits is contingent upon businesses following established guidelines. Please click here to see udpated CDC infection control guidelines.
Click here to download the entire executive order.

COVID relief package passed by Congress in December included more funding for the Payment Protection Program. Click here to see if you're eligible.

CDC and Georgia Department of Health guidelines to help you protect your patients, your staff and yourself:

  • Click here for a health care provider checklist
  • Click here for infection control guidelines
  • Click here for updates on the virus spread in Georgia (updated daily at 3 PM)
  • Click here for CDC guidance on what to do if you've been exposed to COVID-19
  • Click here to download employer responsibilities to provide PPE for their staff per OSHA guidelines.

Georgia Chiropractic Association supports freedom of choice in health care decisions based upon an informed awareness of the benefits and possible adverse effects of health care interventions which include vaccinations.For those individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, health care workers, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, are currently eligible to make an appointment with their local hospital, pharmacy or health department (click here to download health department contact info) to do so.

Reminder: Protect Your Practice from COVID-19 Lawsuits
Thanks to GCA lobbyist Aubrey Villines, doctors of chiropractic were included in S.B. 359, that protects healthcare providers and businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits except in cases of gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm or intentional infliction of harm.

To ensure you are protected, you must make patients aware of the law by posting at a point of entry to the premises, a sign in at least one-inch Arial font placed apart from any other text, a written warning stating the following: 

"Warning: Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises."
Additionally, you should follow the guidance presented by CDC for outpatient clinics. Failure to do so could provide rebuttal evidence to a potential claimant.

 

Click here for an article on the new loan forgiveness requirements for those who received a Payment Protection Program loan. (as of June 16, 2020)

Click here for financial resources for practices.

An employee letter template detailing chiropractic as an essential service (will open a Word document)

Click here for a library of recorded and upcoming webinars and articles on telehealth, SBA loans, seeing patients during the crisis and more from our partners ChiroHealthUSA and NCMIC.

Click here for a customizable COVID-19 Office Manual.

Click here to download a "Stop the Spread" flyer you can post in your office.

Employee Rights from the United States Department of Labor (should be posted in ALL chiropractor offices)

Click here for info on HIPAA and COVID-19 from Dr. Ty Talcott
Click here for resources from Chiropractic Economics, including information on Small Business Administration loans and webinars

 

COVID-19 Webinars

GCA and our partners have provided a number of webinars to help your practice survive and thrive during this difficult time:

Georgia Telehealth Webinar can be found here.

Click here to view Navigating the CARES Act webinar from Aubrey Villines.

ChiroHealthUSA: https://www.chirohealthusa.com/covid/: sign up for upcoming LIVE webinars or scroll down to hear recorded webinars on SBA loans, telehealth, filing for unemployment, what to do if you've been exposed to the virus and more!

From our Silver Partner NCMIC: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/fe0335cf77fd4dd4b412ee1f359fbb5c: sign up for upcoming LIVE webinars are scroll down to hear recorded webinars on seeing patients during the crisis, telehealth and FAQs NCMIC is getting from doctors of chiropractic. NCMIC also offers a library of articles you can access here.

CARES Act Webinar from OUMhttps://proassurance.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vzkNS8ekRLSIf_L_3d1ClA Covers the strings attached to the payments doctors received from HHS.