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New Resources to Help Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate in Your Practice

August 23, 2021

As you know, Health care providers and other workers in private health care and long-term care settings will have until Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under an emergency order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Washington State Medical has prepared additional guidance for the ambulatory/outpatient setting, including sample clinic policy and exemption forms (see “Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy” below). These forms are in Word and are meant to serve as an adjustable resource to your practice; please personalize as appropriate to your clinic.

 Please note, these materials are samples based on information that is currently available. These materials are meant to be informative, not legal advice. The governor’s proclamation applies to all state agency worksites and employees, as well as health care employees in private sector health care and in long-term care settings, including nursing homes, adult family homes, assisted living, enhanced services facilities, residential treatment facilities, and other treatment facilities.(For definitions of “health care provider” and “health care setting” as pertains to the mandate, review pages 6 and 7 of the emergency order.)

This new requirement includes exemptions for individuals with legitimate medical reasons or sincerely held religious reasons. The exemptions do not include personal or philosophical objections. Review the emergency proclamation.

Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy

L&I Issues COVID-19 Hazard Alert on Hospital Worker Safety

Sept. 17, 2020


TUMWATER – Concern over COVID-19 cases in hospital workers has prompted the Washington State Departments of Labor & Industries (L&I) and Health (DOH) to clarify and update hospital guidance to prevent the spread of the virus to staff and patients.
The state Hazard Alert issued today highlights key worker safety and health requirements and guidance on employee training, proper use of respirators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, disinfecting procedures, and the importance of a comprehensive infection control program. The alert aligns hospital requirements with the most current information about transmitting the virus.

“Health care workers are on the front lines of the pandemic caring for others. This Hazard Alert spells out what hospitals must do to take care of all of their workers to prevent them from getting infected on the job,” said Anne Soiza, L&I assistant director for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)

“Employee safety and patient safety are equally important,” Soiza added.
The alert covers several key areas including training on COVID-19 procedures and infection control

Among the requirements, hospitals must:

  • Replace disposable respirators and procedural masks daily at the beginning of each shift and immediately upon employee request when soiled or damaged during the shift. Multiple shift use of disposable respirators/masks is not allowed.
  • Train and ensure sick employees do not report to work and immediately leave work when they become symptomatic.
  • Ensure facilities are adequately staffed with qualified infection prevention staff and resources.
  • Provide adequate space and procedures for employees to physically distance at a minimum of six feet in break rooms, nurse stations, cafeteria and other spaces where they congregate.
  • Maintain hospital-wide policies and procedures consistent with state and national guidelines as they evolve for COVID-19.

L&I is working closely with the state Department of Health (DOH) on this issue. DOH supports local health agencies as they respond to COVID-19 cases and outbreaks, including those at hospitals, and conducts oversight of hospitals under state licensing laws.

DOH is coordinating with local health agencies and the Washington State Hospital Association on opportunities to provide hospitals with the education and support necessary to keep health care employees and patients safe from COVID-19 and other infections.

Guidance for specific industries

Along with the guidance for health care and long-term care workers, guidance for other industries is available on the L&I DOSH coronavirus webpage.

The state coronavirus webpage has links to important information and guidance related to the pandemic from numerous state agencies.


For media information: Contact Tim Church, L&I Public Affairs, 360-972-4876.

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This free Summer COVID-19 Education Series will virtually bring clinicians together each week to address topics ranging from clinical trial research to heart failure management in the COVID-19 era. The Education Series will kick off next Saturday, June 6 and include a plenary from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, and focused sessions on topics ranging from PPE to clinician well-being. Learn more and plan to attend.


Occupational Work Letter Template

COVID-19 Work Letter Template

“Is It Safe for Me to Go Back to Work?”

This article from the New England Journal of Medicine gives details on the risk stratification for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Edward Fry, MD, FACC, from Indianapolis, IN; Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS, FACC, from Atlanta, GA; Martha Gulati, MD, FACC, from Phoenix, AZ; Samuel Jones, MD, MPH, FACC, from Chattanooga, TN; and Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, from Providence, RI, discuss the challenges and approaches to safely resuming the full range of cardiovascular services. Watch the videos to hear how they are preparing for addressing the needs of patients and health care workers, delivering care in novel ways that incorporate social distancing and masking as well as good communication and shared decision-making, being resilient to adjust as circumstances change, and partnering with local public health officials

Webinar Recording: Cardiovascular Manifestation & Management Strategy of COVID-19 Patients:

Originally recorded: April 2, 2020


David Zhang, MD, PhD, FACC | CHI Franciscan | Tacoma, WA

Gautam Nayak, MD, FACC | President, WA ACC | Confluence Health | Wenatchee, WA

Physician/Practice Viability

A recent WSMA survey of physician clinics in our state found that virtually all respondents are being financially impacted by COVID-19, with several having to close their doors altogether.

The federal stimulus package (a.k.a. CARES Act) is intended to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses through a number of programs. The “Paycheck Protection Program” is likely to be of most utility to physician practices, as it provides loans of up to $10 million to qualifying businesses of less than 500 employees that under some circumstances do not need to be repaid.

Intended primarily as a tool for businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll costs as well as some operational expenses, the PPP loans do not require collateral and can cover up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year, plus an additional 25 percent of that amount (with payroll calculations capped at $100,000 per employee). Provided that the funds are used to primarily cover payroll costs, and that staff and payroll are maintained for the duration of the loan, the loan can be forgiven. Beyond payroll, up to 25 percent of the loan may be used for operational expenses such as rent, interest on mortgages, and utilities.

The PPP launches on Friday, April 3, and given the projected demand for loans, early participation is strongly encouraged. As a first step, consider reaching out to the bank your practice works with as all federally-insured financial institutions are eligible lenders. A fact sheet on the program from the Treasury Department can be found here, and the application form can be found here. Finally, the Association of Washington Business will be hosting a webinar on the program at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6 – register here.

Free Wellness Resources for Your Teams

These are apps that are used for mindfulness and meditation, which may sound hokey to some, but is vitally important in times like this when we’re stressed.  they have very short options – 1-3 minute exercises – that are great to do midday or pre-sleep.

Ten Percent Happier  (free with code HEALTHCARE)

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and the CV Service Line: Practical Approaches for an Unprecedented Pandemic- Part 1

ACC’s COVID-19 Hub

CCA – ACC Communication Conference of COVID-19

ACC Accepting Applications for Leadership Academy Cohort IV Through Dec. 2

Applications are now being accepted for the ACC Leadership Academy Cohort IV which will launch at ACC.20/WCC in Chicago. Completed applications, which include an online application portion as well as a statement of support from an ACC member leader, are due by Monday, Dec. 2.

Sign Up for ACC “Microvolunteer” Opportunities

There are a lot of big ways to get involved with the College—being on a Section Leadership Council, participating on a taskforce or committee, or serving as faculty for a live course, to name a few. We know, though, that not everyone has the time for some of these larger-scale commitments. That’s why the ACC is excited to announce the launch of our Microvolunteering Platform. Sign up to be among the first to learn about quick-hit opportunities to get engaged in areas such as Advocacy, Communications, Education, Networking and Science. Your involvement, at whatever level, makes the College a stronger organization.

Mission of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

The Goal of the Washington American College of Cardiology is to improve Cardiovascular health for residents of Washington State through education, care, and advocacy.

The purpose of the Chapter is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane and other cities in Washington State. In carrying out these purposes, the Chapter functions, in consultation with the leadership of the College, as a source of advice to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease. The Chapter, in the interest of patients, physicians, and the public in general, maintains a high level of social consciousness and involvement with socioeconomic factors and access to the highest possible quality of cardiovascular health care.

American College of Cardiology Mission:

To Transform Cardiovascular Care and Improve Heart Health


Leadership and the ACC: Developing Leaders to Transform Cardiovascular Care and Improve Heart Health

Thank You Louis Schwartzberg for Creating This Beautiful Film in Gratitude to Fellows of the American College of Cardiology (FACC’s)

EHR State of Mind

October 22, 2015] EHR’s suck. Let’s make ’em better. Go to the Let Doctors Be Doctors website and tell the IT and government folks what’s up. And check out ZDOGG MD for lyrics, behind-the-scenes dopeness, and all our other videos. Please share. View on YouTube

William Shatner Thanks Cardiologists

[February 28, 2015] William Shatner owes his good health and being able to enjoy his active life to taking advice from good physicians, including his cardiologist. Please share any of the four versions with your friends. The :30, :60 and :90 min. videos are on the California Chapter YouTube channel

MOC Questions & Info

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has implemented changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for board-certified internists.
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“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”

President Theodore Franklin Roosevelt, 1908

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    Submit Your Prior Authorization Data!

    Having Difficulties Getting Procedures Approved? Yes!

    Please take a moment to tell us via ACC’s web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool)!

    Do your PART to improve the prior authorization process by recording incorrectly denied or difficult requests through ACC’s PARTool.

    The data collected helps the College determine overall prior authorization and test substitution trends by insurer and better understand problematic areas of the process including time burdens, test substitution and peer-to-peer reviews.

    The observed trends will be shared with insurers, vendors, state legislators and insurance officials to engage them in ACC’s efforts to reduce the burden of prior authorization and return attention to direct patient interaction.

    Practices can submit through a simple online form at ACC.org/PARTool.


    Thank You to Our Platinum Sponsor

    Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

    The College’s Mission: Our mission is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health,
    Vision: Our vision is to reflect a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.
    Core Values:

    • Patient-Centered
    • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Professionalism and Excellence



    November 16, 2021 – Cardiovascular Team Educational & Networking Dinner

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