COVID-19 Resources for Physicians
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Welcome to the LSMS Physician Resource Center for COVID-19. Below, you will find resources aimed at helping you navigate the healthcare landscape during the COVID-19 response in Louisiana.

Our efforts will be aimed at providing physicians with a consolidated source for information being released through federal and state authorities and regulatory agencies. We have provided members with a form at the bottom of this page to share additional information that needs to be included or to ask LSMS to seek answers specific to the practice of medicine, which are not being addressed elsewhere.
We will furthermore offer information through email that we are not seeing communicated elsewhere. We do not intend to provide duplicative information unless it appears that there is a specific need or we are requested to do so by authorities.

Please know that LSMS stands behind you and will continue to work on your behalf to facilitate our members needs allowing you to better care for your patients. Thank you for continuing to be on the front line as the world navigates new, uncharted waters in health care.
  • Click here to view archived LSMS e-alerts for COVID-19

LSMS and Other Groups Urge Congress to Support Healthcare Providers

LSMS has continued to work with national organizations and Congressional leaders to have physician and medical practice sustaining provisions included in additional stimulus packages being considered in Congress. We’ve specifically asked that legislation include support that will sustain physicians and their practices during this unprecedented national emergency through tax relief, no-interest loans, direct payments, payment for virtual visits including phone calls, and other measures.

To read the full letter, please click here.

Federal Responses to COVID-19

Sen. Cassidy is providing physicians in Louisiana with a comprehensive, printable document that contains information specific to you on a number of topics. Please view it here.

Federal Stimulus Package Passes House

March 27, 2020: Congress passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans struggling economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business closures. Of particular interest to our members, included in the package is a new $350 billion SBA loan program for small businesses. Its aim is to maintain employment levels as the economy recovers from the unprecedented measures taken in response to COVID-19. A few important details are listed here but the full CARES Act can be read here.

Louisiana Department of Health (LDH): Coronavirus (COVID-19) - click here

The below advisory is to inform all providers rendering services to Louisiana Medicaid members, including members of all Healthy Louisiana managed care organizations (MCOs). This information will be updated as new information is available. New information is indicated by underlining.


Questions about Coronavirus? If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.

Stressed about COVID-19? If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services. Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7. Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.

Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) - click here
Emergency Rule 36

Patient Protections and Related Health Care Services Regarding Health Insurance Matters Affecting Insureds in Louisiana Caused by the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - click here


DEA Guidance for Telemedicine - click here

Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Notices
  • Click here to view the Justification of Promulgation of Emergency Rule LAC 50:XXVII.505 Emergency Telemedicine.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The below advisory is to inform all providers rendering services to Louisiana Medicaid members, including members of all Healthy Louisiana managed care organizations (MCOs). This information will be updated as new information is available. New information is indicated by underlining.

Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHC)
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
United Healthcare

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards: Coronavirus in Louisiana - click here
Gubernatorial Proclamations

American Medical Association (AMA): A Physician's Guide to COVID-19 - click here
Topics Include: Prepare your practice or health system for COVID-19, How to protect yourself from infection, Diagnosing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, What to do if you have been exposed to patients with COVID-19, How to communicate with patients, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage information.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - click here
News Releases

Resources for Pediatric Physicians and Providers from Children's Hospital New Orleans LCMC Health

Amanda B. Jackson, MD, FAAP, FABPM Vice President Ambulatory Services and Medical Director Primary Care at Children's Hospital New Orleans LCMC Health reached out to the LSMS to share valuable resources for providers in the state dealing with these unprecedented times healing the citizens of Louisiana. For more information from LCMC Health, click here.

Drug Enforcement Administration: COVID-19 Information Page - click here

Topics Include: National Drug Supply, Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), Telemedicine, Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), Federal Links, and State Links.

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - click here

Topics Include: Gubernatorial Proclamations, Board Guidance Documents, Questions Already Answered, and Additional Resources.

  • Emergency rule: Limitation on Dispensing Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – LAC 46:LIII.1145 - click here
  • Verbal Prescriptions for Controlled Substances Listed in Schedule II - click here

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information for Healthcare Professionals - click here
Topics Include: Interim Guidance, Resources for Healthcare Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients, Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Resources, Clinical Care Guidance, Guidance and Resources on Infection Control, Guidance and Resources on Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment, Home Care, Webinar for Healthcare Professionals.

Louisiana State Board Of Medical Examiners (LSBME) - click here

Business Resources
Louisiana Economic Development (LED): Resources for Impacted Businesses - click here

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) - click here

Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA): Resources for Healthcare Professionals- click here

Topics Include: LHA Alerts, LHA Guidance, CDC & CMS Guidance for Healthcare Facilities, Toolkits and Resources for Healthcare Facilities, State Hospital Emergency Plans, Bed Polling, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Laboratory Information, Louisiana Medicaid Updates, Patient Privacy Resources, Coverage and Payment Guidance from CMS, and ICD-10 Coding.

Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC): COVID-19 Information by Division - click here
Topics Include: Unemployment Insurance, Office of Workforce Development, and Office of Workers' Compensation.