COVID-19 NEWS UPDATES 

Stay up-to-date on the most important information for physicians regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Find other coronavirus resources at tnmed.org/covid-19 as well as tnmed.org/telehealth-covid-19.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • TMA sends letter to governor seeking to protect frontline healthcare providers during pandemic

  • Governor announces 10 million in state funding to rural hospitals and providers along with lifted mental health restrictions for telemedicine treatment of mental health in most recent order

  • State Chief Medical Examiner advises on new guidance on documentation of COVID deaths

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Governor Bill Lee issues statewide stay at home order following pressure from TMA and Tennessee providers;
    See TMA's response to Governor’s Stay at Home Order here

  • SBA starts accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Loans through local banks;
    TMA’s fact sheet summarizing who can apply, what you need to apply and how to apply with links to all the
    pertinent forms can be found here.

TMA Public Actions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • President Trump puts out new guidelines and modeling for USA Corona Virus

  • President Trump, CDC, NIH extend the shelter in place guidance until April 30

  • Governor Lee urges shelter in place until April 14 statewide and closes non-essential business

  • Congress passes CARES Act offering $2 trillion in relief

  • IPPS allows up to 100% of Medicare and Medicaid payments up front for Part A and Part B for 3 months

  • SBA issued $250 billion for forgivable small business loans through Paycheck Protection Act

  • SBA issued an additional $200 billion for Economic Disruption Loans

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • Governor Lee issues order to cancel all non-essential surgeries and medical procedures

  • Congress moves forward to clear the way for COVID-19 stimulus vote

  • President Trump issues guidance that he hopes borders will reopen by Easter (April 12, 2020)

  • A group of Tennessee physicians issued a letter to Governor Lee  asking for counties statewide to "shelter in place"