On behalf of the Sikka team, our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19. The health and well-being of our customers, associates, and communities is our top priority. As the situation evolves, we understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing and we are actively finding ways to assist those affected during this crisis.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow dentists to care for patients that require emergency procedures and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments. For the latest information, please visit ADA.org/virus.
According to AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), having a strong line of communication with clients during and after the pandemic is critical. This is a time when veterinary practices can really strengthen and nurture client relationships. Likewise, team communication is essential. In this unprecedented time, there will be fear and anxiety among team members, and the simple act of listening can build trust and connectivity. For more information, please visit AVMA.org.
The interactive heat maps above demonstrate the impact to retail healthcare practices of the current crisis. The Baseline is set to the week of March 8th, where the impact to dental production declined by 80% during April. The impact to Dental Sales Offices (DSO) and Chiropractic offices have been severe, but not so dramatic. Veterinary practices, which are considered an 'essential service' in most states, have seen a reduced impact, averaging a 20% decline. For the Dental map, click on the state to see the impact to dental production and patient visits at the state and county level, as well as a week-by-week trend with year-to-date data.
As states gradually reopen, production is slowly progressing into improvements compared from the beginning, since the crisis took place. View the rebound map here.
Teledentistry is the use of electronic information utilizing communication technologies such as video conferences and interactive audio to provide consultations, diagnosis, treatments, transfer of dental information, education and prescribing prescriptions. Teledentistry can connect with patients remotely which provides an easy way for communicating and receiving immediate help with professional advice.
It is important to note that numerous insurance carriers are including teledentistry in their coverage plans. The American Dental Associate (ADA) coding can be found here.
The ADA's Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery has developed a toolkit to help dentists return to more normal practice operations while taking precautions to protect staff, patients and themselves from COVID-19 as some states reopen.
The ADA has a designated resource and guidance page to help dentists navigate during this unprecedented time for their practices, staff and patients including Emergency Procedures, Employment Agreements, COVID-19 revised Coding and Billing Guidance, ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19 and more.
Developed by the ADA, this guide is to educate dentists and others in the dental community on teledentistry procedures and their codes. VERSION 2: March 27, 2020.
Get important insights on how to skillfully balance patients' health while sustaining your dental practice in a time of uncertainty.
Learn about dental-specific recommendations to consider with patient care and how to protect the dental facility with infection control practices during COVID-19.
Proedge Dental Water Labs’s blog provides state by state information by dental associates regarding the need to limit or postpone dental care due to the spread of COVID-19.
The ADA and OSAP have teamed up to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education on Infection Control Protocols & Procedures. Earn 1 free CE credit.
The ADA Health Policy Institute launched an innovative tracking poll which invited nearly 70,000 dentists from across the U.S. to participate and received an unbelievable response on how practices have been impacted due to COVID-19.
The American Veterinary Medical Association is providing factual, up-to-date information and resources to support the veterinary community during COVID-19.
The Center for Disease and Prevention is recommending that pets follow the same social distancing guidelines.
Today’s Veterinary Practice article discusses how to incorporate telehealth tools into veterinary practices during and after pandemic.
Using telemedicine allows veterinarians to support patients and clients to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
An interactive Scoreboard, updated daily, to empower organizations to measure and understand the efficacy of social distancing initiatives at the local level.
View the latest known locations of coronavirus cases by state with new coronavirus cases announced in the U.S each day.
This New York Times article provides updated information about which states have issued stay-at-home orders. Check out the interactive map showing which states have issued what orders with detailed information regarding the order.