COVID-19 Information


The Kansas Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is keenly aware of the public health implications of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) matter.  As we all know, this is a rapidly developing situation.  As always, the health and safety of our members, corporate sponsors, speakers and practice employees are first and foremost in our concerns.

This page has been developed to provide access to credible resources for information, such as the CDC, state agencies and other public health experts.  It also is where we will make announcements concerning cancellation/postponement of planned events or other factors.  We will be updating the information on this page as things play out.  

New Developments

  • 3/18/2020 -- Congress has passed HR 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act."  This bill was approved by the House of Representatives last Saturday; it passed the Senate today and now goes to the President for final approval.
    • Here is a SUMMARY of the bill's provisions (prepared by the Congressional Research Service)
    • This is the FULL TEXT of the bill in PDF format (112 pages) 
  • 3/22/2020 - Kansas governor expands use of telemedicine; Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties adopt "stay at home" orders to limit spread of virus.  CLICK HERE for Topeka Courier-Journal article.  The legislature has adjourned now until late April.
  • NEW - 3/27/2020 - The US Senate has passed a bill providing economic assistance to individuals, businesses, hospitals and state/local government.

Public Health Resources


We have assembled some links to credible public health resources to help our membership stay informed concerning the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

Ideas and Needs


As the public health emergency continues, medical practices are facing unprecedented challenges.  We don't claim to have all of the answers, but we can try to be a clearinghouse for ideas or requests.  Of course, as always, physicians and practice managers should use their own best judgment about any actions taken in consultation with your normal advisers.  

  • Medical Supplies
    • Story from Bloomberg about ways to work around shortages of supplies, such as masks or eye protection.  CLICK HERE to view the story.
    • New - How to make reusable masks; from Deaconess Health System, Evansville, IN

Announcements

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology has cancelled the MidYear Forum scheduled for Washington, DC next month.  CLICK HERE for information about that event. 
Last Updated on Monday, March 30, 2020 08:29 AM