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The coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the top of everyone’s minds and we know you’ve felt the disruption and impact to your life.

We want you to know that we care greatly about each of you, you are all members of the Weatherby Healthcare family. Regardless of what happens with COVID-19 we are committed to putting you first and taking care of your needs.

We will use this post as a place for COVID-19 updates, especially if anything has the potential to impact future assignments. Read on below for current updates and specific actions currently being taken:

Locums Physicians & Other Travelers

The work you do is important and puts you at risk every day. The COVID-19 outbreak has the potential to impact your ability to work or your own health. Your safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor the outbreak and communicate regularly with updates.

Update – May 27, 2020

  • Almost half of respondents to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation said they or a household member has skipped or delayed medical care due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Of those, 11% said the condition got worse as a result.

Update – May 8, 2020

  • Health insurance industry experts are expecting a move to more in-home care and a continued focus on telehealth even as the country begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Update – May 1, 2020

  • All, but 12 states are allowing elective procedures in some capacity. It appears by May 20th, all states will be allowing elective procedures. Here are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations.

Update – April 20, 2020

  • We no longer are requiring the COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be completed prior to an assignment start date, unless required by a facility.

Update – April 16, 2020

  • The White House unveiled broad new federal guidelines laying out conditions for parts of the U.S. to start relaxing the strict measures imposed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Update – March 23, 2020

  • Each day additional states are waiving license requirements in order to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases. The Federation of State Medical Boards has the most up-to-date information on each state. 

Update – March 16, 2020

  • Prior to the beginning of your assignment, a COVID-19 screening questionnaire is required to be filled out.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • To date, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in hospitals, assisting patients, faster. CHG Healthcare and Weatherby Healthcare are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are not on assignment with us today, but feel like you are able to help out during this time, please email or call us at 888.970.8918.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak “can be characterized as a pandemic,” which is defined as worldwide spread of a new disease for which most people do not have immunity.

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Allied Travelers

  • If you are a traveler employed by Weatherby and need additional support, please take advantage of our Employee Assistance Plan 

Healthcare Facilities

As your partners, we are doing everything we can to ensure providers arrive prepared and on time to serve your patients. If you have additional needs or are aware of other areas where we could be of service, please reach out to your consultant.

Update – May 19, 2020

  • Telehealth visits plateau as in-person care begins to rebound amid relaxed elective healthcare restrictions, according to a Commonwealth Fund study.

Update – May 15, 2020

  • States project ‘nearly certain’ Medicaid budget shortfalls amid COVID-19 according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Update – May 8, 2020

  • The FDA has revised the policy on coronavirus antibody tests to help accelerate the availability of tests developed by laboratories and commercial manufacturers for the duration of the public health emergency.

Update – May 1, 2020

  • All, but 12 states are allowing elective procedures in some capacity. It appears by May 20th, all states will be allowing elective procedures. Here are  the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations.

Update – April 24, 2020

  • $20 billion of the CARE Act grants were distributed. There were seen as an add on to the $30 billion and allocated proportional to the share of 2018 net patient revenue.

Update – April 22, 2020

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that rural health clinics and hospitals would receive a $10 billion carve out of the Provider Relief Fund.

Update – April 20, 2020

  • We no longer are requiring the COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be completed prior to an assignment start date, unless required by a facility.

Update – April 17, 2020

  • The first round of CARE Act grants ($30B) were distributed (April 10 and April 17) based on historical share Medicare revenue. Distribution by state can be found here.

Update – April 16, 2020

  • The White House unveiled broad new federal guidelines laying out conditions for parts of the U.S. to start relaxing the strict measures imposed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Update – March 16, 2020

  • We are now requiring a COVID-19 screening questionnaire to be filled out by each traveling provider prior to all assignment start dates.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • To date, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in your facilities faster. CHG Healthcare and Weatherby Healthcare are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are in need of staffing support (or feel like you will need support in the future) as you handle the influx of COVID-19 cases in your locations, please email or call us at 888.970.8918.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak “can be characterized as a pandemic,” which is defined as worldwide spread of a new disease for which most people do not have immunity.

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  • It may soon be very important that healthcare systems decide what essential services are, what elective procedures are,
    what reasons there could be to postpone procedures, consults etc. Waiting until the first case is in your institution may make no sense. This is relevant because of risks for all involved (providers and patients), availability of hospital beds in particular when healthcare providers are ill or need to be quarantined etc.
    Important to reflect on this right now. Societies are starting to develop guidelines

    • My Urology work is not essential. It is in rural underserved area. All surgery is elective. I am 70 and on immunosuppressive drug for well controlled psoriatic arthritis. Enjoy working very much, but skeptical about flying to site and working for next month or two. Your thoughts?

  • If I have to self quarantine due to an exposure, will I still get paid for my next assignment, even if it’s with a different institution?

    • Hi Andy, please contact your recruiter to discuss this type of situation. Thank you for your work during these difficult times.

  • a move to telemedicine and cancellation of all non urgent visits to hospitals and clinics should be done immediately. as an oncologist/ hematologist- there are many patients who could be adequately served in this manner or could delay follow up (eg those in long term follow / post remission eg breast cancer 3-5 yrs or longer out from initial treatment). Clinics seem reluctant to introduce aggressive telemed, skype, or even face time approaches to reduce or eliminate face to face on site encounters. i have noted local hospitals claim they have in place a very sound “screening process” for C-19. however, only PCR testing is a reliable screen given the up to 15 day asymptomatic status of carriers while contagious. this should changes quickly – and weatherby position for remote medicine to achieve non-C-19 clinical needs.

  • I’m traveling this week from California to Texas. When they mention that they will put you in self-quarantine for 14 days is that means you can go straight from the airport in serve the quarantine in your own TX home?

    • This sounds like something to discuss with whomever asked you to self-quarantine. While it seems that’s the way it’s being done now, it’s best to verify to ensure compliance!

    • We have started offering some telemedicine work for physicians. We’ll be in touch to discuss possible options. Thanks!

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