Gov. Inslee announces restart of non-urgent medical services in Washington

  |   COVID-19

On May 18, Gov. Inslee announced plans to resume non-urgent elective procedures, effective immediately, provided practitioners follow a specific set of criteria to protect workers and clients. The plan requires that hospitals and clinics assess their own readiness as well as their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine to what degree non-essential services should be provided. Proclamation 20-24.1 also requires hospitals and clinics to have enough personal protective equipment to keep workers safe, employ social-distancing policies, and check visitors and patients...

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Veterinary Board of Governors sets temporary policies for VCPR/Virtual Care and Continuing Education

  |   Continuing Education, COVID-19, Professional News

The Veterinary Board of Governors released two new COVID-19 related policies today. One allows unlimited use of online continuing education through December 31, 2020. The other lifts some restrictions in the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship rule to facilitate access to veterinary services during the COVID-19 emergency. VCPR Policy: VBOG VCPR COVID-19 Policy Stmt FINAL_5.15.20.pdf To address the difficulties related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that impact licensed veterinarians with regard to establishing a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) in Washington State, the Veterinary Board...

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New: COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine in Washington

  |   COVID-19

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Governor’s announcement that we can go back to providing non-essential services. It could happen soon or it could be several more weeks before all healthcare services can resume but with safety measures in place. In anticipation of the time when we can expand business, the WSVMA is releasing COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine in Washington (Updated May 19, 2020). The Guide, written by well-known expert Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM in partnership with the Ontario...

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In other news, suicide prevention training bill signed into law

  |   Wellness

In ‘normal’ years, the Governor holds a bill signing ceremony where stakeholders and bill sponsors gather around him while he signs various bills passed by the Legislature into law. Photographs are taken and special pens are distributed among the guests. But not this year in the middle of a pandemic. At the end of March, Gov. Inslee sat at the same oblong conference table and signed numerous bills into law in front of a camera while he practiced social distancing. House...

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SBA Issues Safe Harbor for PPP Loans Under $2M

  |   COVID-19

SBA Issues Safe Harbor for PPP Loans Under $2MThe Small Business Administration (SBA) has just released new guidance regarding the good-faith certification for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This guidance, which was added as question #46 to the PPP FAQs, should come as welcome relief to many businesses that took out PPP loans and have struggled with the good-faith certification. The SBA states that PPP loans with original principal amounts less than $2 million (in combination with any affiliate loans) will be...

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