Here’s What You Need to Know About Managing Staff During COVID-19
By David Doolittle


The COVID-19 pandemic has most likely changed the way you and your staff care for patients during this emergency period.

And if you’re like many physicians, you have questions about how to protect and manage your staff along with the financial and operational needs of your practice.

Do I need to reimburse work-from-home expenses, like internet use, while staff are working remotely?

Which employers are covered under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

Can I reduce an otherwise exempt employee’s salary due because business has slowed down?

Is it legal for my practice to reduce the wages or number of hours of an hourly employee?

The Texas Medical Association has created a webinar and financial toolkit that focus, in part, on human resources questions like these to help you make informed decisions for your practice.

The webinar, HR in the Time of COVID-19, covers expanded medical leave, paid sick leave, and other regulations regarding personnel. It is accredited for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

In addition, TMA’s COVID-19 Practice Viability Toolkit includes a section that addresses many personnel topics, including small business exceptions; terminating staff; unemployment benefits; payout of leave benefits; medical insurance and employee benefits; and state and federal employment laws.

The toolkit also includes sections on telemedicine; cash flow, including Small Business Administration loan assistance; payers, coding, and documentation; and advocacy, such as mass critical care guidelines, non-urgent, elective surgeries and procedures, liability protection, and stay-at-home guidance.

You can find the toolkit and other tools, resources, and information on the practice viability section of the TMA COVID-19 Resource Center.

Last Updated On

April 13, 2020

Originally Published On

April 13, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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