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MASCA Vaccine Updates – January 8, 2021
On January 7, MASCA President Cindy Young and Katie Gamble, a representative of MASCA’s lobbying team, participated in a meeting with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services regarding the expansion and rollout of the COVID vaccine to healthcare workers, including those in ASCs. MASCA has heard from some of our member ASCs who have been experiencing challenges in getting staff members vaccinated, this concern was addressed during the discussion (see below #4).
Updates will continue to be shared with the MASCA membership from these ongoing discussions. Please find the below update from the January 7 meeting. Please reach out to the MASCA office regarding any questions.
Please continue to watch the website for the latest information on COVID vaccines at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/. This website is being updated on a regular basis and will continue to include the most up-to-date information.
1. Missouri is currently in Phase 1A regarding vaccine administration. Phase 1A includes health care workers and Long Term Care facilities. To qualify in the 1A category you must meet one of the three following requirements: have a state of MO health care license, have a health care organization badge, or have a signed letter from the health care provider, on letterhead, identifying you as a non-licensed health care worker.
2. As of January 7, there are limited doses coming into MO. MO will not move into Phase 1B until a majority of persons in Phase 1A requesting the vaccine have been vaccinated.
3. Next week (week of January 11) approved vaccinators in MO will be added to the COVID website at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/. Please check your area and call an approved vaccinator to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated.
4. Next week (week of January 11) information will be added to the COVID website on how to report issues with qualified staff getting turned away by approved vaccinators.
5. Prior to getting a vaccine, individuals need to complete the prescreening form, which will be available on the website beginning the week of January 11. The standard CDC form may be found by clicking here.
Again, please continue to visit the COVID website for the most up-to-date information at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/ and MASCA will also continue to provide updates following regular meetings of the task force. If there are any questions, please contact the MASCA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-635-2173.
COVID-19 Resources for ASCs
MASCA is working to ensure that providers are up-to-date on the latest news relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please find a variety of resources below - updated by their respective organizations and Departments daily. We will update this page as resources become available.
COVID Vaccinator Map (1/15/2021)
Other information and resources include:
A letter sent to Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Health & Human Services, from ASCA regarding COVID-19 and ASCs. MASCA will be issuing a similar letter to Missouri state officials.
ASCA’s statement regarding elective surgery and COVID-19: https://www.ascassociation.org/asca/resourcecenter/latestnewsresourcecenter/covid-19/covid-19-statement
ASCA’s COVID-19 Resource Center - https://www.ascassociation.org/asca/resourcecenter/latestnewsresourcecenter/covid-19
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Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
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The Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (MASCA) is an association representing the interests of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) throughout Missouri. MASCA is poised to represent ASCs before the Missouri General Assembly, regulatory bodies, the media, and other players in the health care industry, including the Missouri Hospital Association.
Fostering and promoting the public welfare of ambulatory surgery center; disseminating useful information in the best interest of ambulatory surgery centers and the public; and for doing any and all things necessary, suitable and proper for the social, educational, and literary and scientific advancement of its membership.
State and local candidates who will go to bat for ASCs need the financial support of the medical community to win elections. MASCA competes in the legislative arena with other organizations that have PACs. As long as organizations with interests adverse to those of Missouri ASCs have PACs, MASCA needs one too.