YOUR RUNDOWN

Hopefully you’re not a procrastinator.

If you haven’t already submitted your application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), it may be too late. According to a report from CNBC, the Small Business Administration’s rescue loan program hit its $349 billion limit and is now out of money, unable to enroll new PPP lenders at this time as well.

There is a glimmer of hope, as lawmakers appear close to extending funds for the programs. (via)

Resources for free continuing education.

With many of you having a bit more time on your hands than usual, you may be wondering if you can knock out your CE credit requirements for the year. To help you in this endeavor, below are links to a few sources of free COPE-approved CE.

Evolve Medical Education
SECO University (Free to all-inclusive attendees; otherwise fee per course.)
Community for Vision

Not sure about your state’s online CE requirements? Find out here.


WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU

There’s something wrong with my eye; can I send you a photo?

Most optometrists are only seeing emergency cases right now, and many are first screening patients using telemedicine, but sometimes it's tough to get a good look at the eye from afar. I recently recorded a video of myself showing patients how to take photos of their eyes so I could view good, quality images before our telemedicine appointment. Learn more about this method from John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS, in a recent live COVID-19 episode of The MOD Pod.


IN OTHER NEWS...

Further confirmation that telemedicine is a useful tool.

According to a new study, the majority of doctor visits conducted via telemedicine are an appropriate replacement for in-person care.

The retrospective cohort study reviewed 6,512 eligible e-consults made by 1,096 referring providers to 121 specialist consultants over a 1-year period and assessed the appropriateness of these inquiries by review of medical records and according to criteria including whether the visit was urgent and whether the patient’s case required an in-person evaluation. The value of these video, phone, or email consults was assessed by the rate of avoided visits, defined by the absence of an in-person visit to the same specialty within 120 days.

Roughly 70% of visits met the criteria that researchers set for assessing appropriateness. Overall, more than 81% of the consults were considered useful because they helped avoid in-person visits within a 3-month span. (via)


SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

Need a pep talk?

I know I could use one. Resident Peter Silman, OD, (@eyeopeningmoments) is hosting a live Instagram discussion tonight with Shaminder Dhaliwal, OD, about the importance of taking care of yourself (both mentally and physically) during the pandemic. Tune in at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.

The MOD Squad would like to thank Jackie and all others for their service, as well as the essential workers out there who are keeping the world running. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you next week!