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COVID-19 Resources

APA News: COVID-19 Updates

  • APA announced that the 2020 Annual Meeting will not be held as scheduled in the wake of numerous travel restrictions and public health guidance associated with the pandemic spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). In lieu of the Annual Meeting, APA is working with speakers to develop APA On Demand 2020. For more information on Annual Meeting refunds, MOC and more, please visit the Annual Meeting 2020 FAQ page.
  • APA applauded Congress for passing $8 billion in emergency funding to address the spread of COVID-19. A key provision of the bill temporarily lifts restrictions on Medicare access to telehealth services, such as live videoconference consultations with doctors. APA’s full statement is available here.
  • APA, along with America’s Frontline Physicians, recommended further actions to address the continued spread of COVID-19. You can read what federal and state authorities can do now to support access and coverage for COVID-19 treatment and prevention here.

COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts:  
Resources for Psychiatrists, Patients & Families, and Health Care/Community Leaders

With COVID-19 evolving rapidly across the world, APA’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters and the APA’s Council on International Psychiatry compiled a comprehensive list of resources for psychiatrists. The resources cover not only the physical impact of the coronavirus, but on its potential mental health and psychosocial issues and responses. The page also has resources for patients, families, and healthcare and community leaders who are impacted by the virus and self-quarantine procedures.  
You can access the full list of resources at APA’s Coronavirus Information Hub
Telepsychiatry and COVID-19
On March 6, 2020, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law. This statute gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to waive geographic and originating site Medicare telehealth reimbursement restrictions for mental health services overall, during certain emergency periods. 
CMS released guidance on March 17, 2020, that now allows patients to be seen via live videoconferencing in their homes, without having to travel to a qualifying “originating site” for Medicare telehealth encounters, regardless of geographic location. 
You can find more information on using telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak, including a free webinar on Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19, at APA’s Resources on Telepsychiatry and COVID-19 page.

How to Implement Telepsychiatry

APA – What is Telepsychiatry

Telepsychiatry and COVID-19

Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health
Whitepaper (PDF download)

DHHS – Reducing restrictions on telehealth platforms

Resources for Pediatric Telepsychiatry

Coronavirus and Telepsychiatry Webinar

Web-based Conferencing

Related Resources

What the CARES Act Means for Doctors
Article – The White Coat Investor

What’s inside the Senate’s $2 trillion aid package
Article – NPR


We would like to invite you to a Healing Circle for Physicians during this pandemic. 

A Healing Circle has the goals of being kinder and more respectful of each other and ourselves. The Circle becomes healing with the power of community and coming together. Reaching out and sharing joys and struggles make us more human. We will be coming in community, to deeply listening to others and practice complete acceptance and learning from one another. 

The Circle with be Hosted by Dr Nesrin Abu Ata, an Iowa psychiatrist, and Dr Suzanna Freerksen, a San Jose psychiatrist. 

Currently, the cap is set at 15 members per Circle. Pre-registration is required. There will be no cost associated with these Healing Circles.

You can sign up here

If you have any questions about Healing Circles, please feel free to confidentially call Nesrin’s private practice office line at (712)454-8981 or the voicemail of Suzanna’s private practice office at (669)242-5151. Email is good too, either at or .

Self-care tips for physicians, healthcare professionals, and first responders
Article – The Hospitalist
Article – Doximity

Sustaining the Well-being of Healthcare Personnel During Coronavirus

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Outbreak

Helping Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Reflections on the First Week of Running a Residency During a Pandemic

Caring for Me Is Caring for You: The Power of Physician Self-Care and Personal Transformation

Cultivating and Conserving Wellness in the CoViD-19 Era
Document of Resources

Managing Anxiety Related to Taking Care of Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Interactive Webinar

Self Care for Healthcare Workers

Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children

Parent/Caregiver Guide for Helping Families Cope

Caring for Patients’ Mental Well-being During Coronavirus

IPPS Member Janeta Tansey Offers IPPS Members a Reduced Rate on the Following Programs

  • Virtue Medicine – Doctors *for* Doctors (and Nurses and First Responders) Program

          See Program

  • Resilience Mini-Bootcamp for all Health Care Providers and Teams, starting on April 19 for 6 consecutive Sunday evenings

          See Program

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