Resources on COVID-19

January 2021

Click Here to view the Fl Vaccination plan from the DOH
Click Here for a Blank Application to be a medical provider of the vaccine
Click Here for a Sample Application to be a medical provider of the vaccine
Healthcare personnel now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine Per Executive Order 21-47

Per MQA The Federal Government has opened several vaccination sites for the purpose of providing vaccinations to healthcare professionals. If you are a health care provider who needs a shot or know a colleague that needs one, these locations are open.
No Appointment necessary   Most of the sites open 7a-7p and giving 3000 vaccinations per day

Gateway Mall
5200 Norwood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Valencia College - West Campus
1800 Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32811

Tampa Greyhound Track
755 E. Waters Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

Miami-Dade Community College
11380 NW 27th Ave,
Miami, FL 33167


Decontaminating Cups & Other Equipment

Plastic cups are best for personal use…bleach solutions used to sanitize these between patients will degrade the surface of the cup making them increasing porous and hard to sanitize over time.

Post-care sanitizing tools (glass or plastic cups) with NO VISIBLE blood, secretions, puss, etc, cleaned with soapy water and air dried (dishwasher would work) or 10 min soak in ¼ cup/ gallon water solution.  Frankly, I think a 10 min soak in weak bleach solution followed by dishwasher makes good sense.

Post-care sanitizing (decontaminating) tools with blood or fluids contamination below.

OSHA describes: 1.5 cups bleach per gallon, which equals 1:9 parts bleach to water to make the correct solution for surfaces that are heavily contaminated with mold, feces, or body tissues should be disinfected using the following household bleach solution:

◆ 1 1/2 cups bleach.

◆ 1 gallon of water

OSHA Decontamination Guidelines

Here's some advice on talking to patients about it from our healthcare attorneys. 

If a patient asks for an Acupuncturist’s opinion on the COVID-19 vaccinations, or has questions in general, an Acupuncturist really cannot opine or give advice.  Unless an Acupuncturist is accepted into the FL Department of Health FloridaSHOTS or VFC/VFA vaccination programs as a vaccination provider, the scope of practice under F.S. Chapter 457 prevents them from not only administering such vaccinations, but also giving certain type of “healthcare” related advice on the vaccinations (including efficacy, risks, alternatives).  An Acupuncturist can explain that the vaccination is something to discuss with a primary care physician, or even pharmacists to a certain extent.  Acupuncturists can also explain that personally, or candidly, they can’t give an opinion either due to licensure restrictions. Treat this like any other vaccine or other physician prescribed injectable drug, in that it is simply something Acupuncturists cannot ethically give an opinion on, to avoid having their patients rely on it.


 

Looks like L.Ac fall under Phase II and the timeline is dependent on dozens of variables, like vaccine availability, which vaccine is available, storage conditions, dispensing point, consumer willingness to receive vaccinations, vaccination waste levels, and new potential approved vacc’s being available, etc.

L.Ac’s not working in a hospital are critical infrastructure workers and 4th in line for vaccination (Attached page 5). Refer to graph (Attached page 12) for more details. L.Ac’s should consider reading the entire attached doc to be familiar with Florida’s Vacc Plan and help with patients questions.


Abstract - The Treatment of COVID-19 with Chinese Medicine - CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

The scientific, ethical and legal aspects regarding treatment of COVID-19 with Chinese Herbal Medicine are discussed in this article. Chinese Herbal Formulas have a long history of effective treatment for many diseases and they have clearly stood the test of time. However, our Western world has many other requirements and restrictions regarding its usage. This article will give more insights into treating COVID-19 with Chinese Herbs. It highlights the importance of better integration of Western and Chinese Medicine, so that COVID-19 patients outside of China may also benefit from this ancient wisdom.

This assignment was written during the lockdown in the Netherlands by Janneke Vermeulen as part of the first year PhD program at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China. Janneke is Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Master Face Reader, Physiotherapist and Author of Diving Medical Acupuncture, published by Singing Dragon in 2018.

FL DOH Answers Questions About Acupuncture and PPE

Clarification on Governor's Order
In accordance with Executive Order 20-72, healthcare practitioners' offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent, non-emergency procedures or surgeries which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety, or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.  Accordingly, all healthcare practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.   

Resources on COVID Risk 

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them Written assessment with graphs

Personal Protection Plan from CNN Broadcast

Links from FSOMA News Broadcast 5
Florida UnEmployment Paper Application
Florida UnEmployment Application Online Portal
Application for PPP Loan

Florid in petri dish held by gloved hand

On This Page
Infection Guidelines
Business Help
Clinical Information
Telemedicine Resources
Government Pages 

Infection Control Guidelines

CCAOM Clinic Guidelines

CDC Guidelines for Infection Control

Survival of Virus in environment

Business Help

Application for PPP Loan - do this now

Webinar - Financial Resources & Tools for Florida AOM Profession

4/20/20 at 3pm today $5000 Grants from Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Save Small Business Site

Applying for SBL Disaster Loans (EIDL) (updated Daily) - Note* temporarily out of funding

Sample Template – Rent/Lease Deferral Letter

The Small Business Guide to the CARES Act

Information on the CARES Act

Small Business Assistance in Florida 

Florida Unemployment Office

FAQs on COVID-19 and Unemployment in Fl 

U.S. Treasury Department has deferred tax payments to July 15th, 2020 without interest or penalties.

If your Student Loan is owned by the Education Department they have been deferred automatically, contact your loan servicer to see if you qualify.

Treatment Protocols & Clinical Information

Licensed Acupuncturists treat diseases and patterns according to the principles of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or Traditional Asian Medicine.  We are the only licensed practitioners where herbal medicine is written into our scope of practice. It is a medicine based on pattern differentiation.  It is not “one herbal formula for one disease" but rather "one disease with many formulas to treat it" based upon how the disease manifests in each individual. 

Please do not share these resources with untrained patients or other types of practitioners. Even the ones with "stages" of the disease are guidelines and not absolute. It does our years of training a disservice to put out information implying that you can use a single document to treat the complex interplay of disease and constitution. 

 

ACUPUNCTURE INTERVENTION GUIDANCE FROM THE WFAS

 

Best Herbal Practices

The Lantern Issue on Warm Disease Subscribe if you can or you can DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE HERE without having to login

CCAOM Resource Page

Galina Roofener TCHM Research Practitioner Strategies

John Chen Resources from ELotus

World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion & Acupuncture Guidelines

Fratkin - The Worst Stage of COVID-19 Will Be Systemic Toxic Heat and Lung Fire

Heiner Freuhauf Recommendations

PRC Guidance for Coronavirus

Chart of COVID-19 Formulas

Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention & Treatment from First Affiliated Hospital 

Here's the CCAOM page with this and other links: https://www.ccaom.org/ccaom/Coronavirus_Disease_(COVID-19)_Member_Resources.asp

Treasure of the East received many shipments over the last few weeks and are very well stocked for single herbs and formulas. They recently added Jade Screen Double Strength, a formula that was widely used in Wuhan and that we and our supplier have donated to front line medical workers at hospitals in NY and in other hot spots.

Most of your FSOMA Business Members Herbal Suppliers Drop Ship to Patients and some have online Pharmacies.
Telemedicine Resources

FL Telehealth Statute

Billing Codes for Telehealth

Roofener's 4 Hour Class on Telemedicine

CHARMHealth is offering Free Telemedicine Account

Click Here for a Temporary COVID-19 Update on HIPPA & Telemedicine 

Unified Practice added telemedicine!  https://www.unifiedpractice.com/

Government & Association Information

Main National Information Page 

World Meter on Cases

Florida Meter on Cases 

COVID Geotracker for your Zip Code

CDC's Information Page with Symptom Checker 

ASA Suggested Guidelines

3-24 Update from FL AHCA

FSOMA Statement on COVID-19

Information for HealthCare Professionals

What to do if you are Sick With Coronavirus

Other Resources

Discussion of Essential Business and Governor's Order

Straight Talk - Understanding Florida Executive Order 20-72

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now - Statistics on past pandemics and the strategy that works

Healthy Seminars Conscious Tuesdays

Net of Knowledge Online Gatherings for AOM Community

https://www.healthyseminars.com/resources

https://www.healthyseminars.com/telehealth