eNews June 10, 2020The latest news affecting you and your customers… from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association
How is COVID-19 affecting your business, your people, your customers? IMDA is a membership organization, and in times like these, we can all use some camaraderie. If you have a COVID story to share, advice to offer, or a warning to sound, send it to Mark Thill, IMDA’s communications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “IMDA COVID story.” We’ll compile them and send them back out to you.
What to expect on upcoming sales calls
- For in-hospital care and procedures, to the extent feasible, designate space specifically for COVID-19 Care or non-COVID-19 care through the use of strategies such as separate floors or dedicated space (e.g., separate operating rooms, radiology suites, procedure labs). Avoid crossover of patients, staff, supplies, and personnel as feasible.
- Within the facility, administrative and engineering controls should be established to facilitate social distancing, such as minimizing time in waiting areas, spacing chairs, and maintaining low patient volumes.
- The number of visitors should be minimized. Actively assess all visitors for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry to the facility. If COVID-19 symptoms are present, the visitor should not be allowed entry into the facility and should be referred for care as appropriate.
Medicare grants quick turnaround on payment
decisions for innovative technologies
It’s been about six months since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched its Transitional Pass-Through (TPT) payment category, intended to give Medicare beneficiaries quick access to innovative outpatient technologies soon after those technologies are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On June 8, Boston Scientific announced that CMS had approved its application for a TPT for its single-use endoscopes, including the EXALT™ Model D Single-Use Duodenoscope, which received FDA clearance in December 2019.
Remote patient monitoring options
expanded during COVID-19