COVID-19

In response to member requests, ASHNHA has compiled the list of COVID resources below specifically for providers, including supply requests, lab testing resources, staffing needs, and other forms and guidelines. We will be updating this information on a regular basis.

 

Download a poster with a QR code linking to this page to post at your facility or share with staff.

 

Email Jann Mylet at ASHNHA if you have ideas for additional resources you would like to see included.

Resources for Facilities and Providers

CRISIS STANDARDS OF CARE

Alaska Emergency Standards of Care 

On Sep. 22, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) enabled Crisis Standards of Care through an addendum to the existing Public Health Emergency Order. This provides guidance to Alaska’s hospitals, health care providers and local health authorities in support of crisis standards of care should they be needed for a facility or community.  This is an enabling document that articulates the limited liability for providers acting in good faith in a time of limited resources. The addendum describes the process for providers to follow to act on behalf of the state and be covered by the civil liability clause passed by the Legislature in HB76.

CLINICAL HOTLINE

  • AK COVID-19 clinical hotline for physicians, staffed 24/7: 833-751-4212
    8pm-8am is for urgent questions only

 

SUPPLIES

Alaska Emergency Supply Requests:

 

COVID TESTING RESOURCES

STAFFING

Background check Attestation Form- only for use by ASHNHA members, LTC and Hospitals

The State has provided an updated Background Check Attestation form that extends the end date to Feb 11, 2022.

Alaska State Nursing Board Emergency Licenses

The State Nursing Board has an Emergency Courtesy License (ECL) for nurses and CNAs. The application process is available for urgent needs due to the COVID pandemic. They are making ECL reviews a priority and are typically able to process ECL applications within 2-3 days. Nurses must hold a current license in another state or Canadian province to be eligible for an ECL in Alaska. This license must be current and active at the time the board issues the license.

Here's what facilities need to do to get them quickly licensed:

  1. Complete an ECL license application for each person:
    Nurse Emergency Courtesy License, Online Application

  2. Once an application is submitted, email Tessa Walker Linderman - to let her know so that she can expedite processing.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

  • Adolescents:
    Contact Irina Cline and Judith Helgeson with the Division of Behavioral Health, Medicaid Provider Assistance for help identifying resources for adolescent inpatient beds.
    For adolescent holds, contact Jim Lynch at North Star Behavioral Health at:
    907-258-7575 In Anchorage
    800-478-7575 Toll Free (in Alaska)

  • T47 patients needing placement:
    Contact Ashley Christopherson at (907) 269-5444.

     

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES

 

PATIENT TREATMENT OPTIONS 


TRANSFERRING PATIENTS

 

INTUBATION 

 

VACCINE RESOURCES

  1. Flu IQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox8W_rhSqpw

  2. Flu IQ2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWK1IVBQW3I

  3. Pneumonia and You (Pneumonia Vaccine Education): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC2hOOp3g1Y

  4. COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTgYkQR3M8

ALASKA RESOURCES

Weekly DHSS Clinical Newsletters

Alaska Links

NATIONAL RESOURCES

 

PROVIDER SUPPORT

  • AK Responders Relief Line - 1-844-985-8275 - Recognizing the unique stressors that providers face, the Division of Behavioral Health has established a 24/7 support line for healthcare and behavioral professionals impacted by COVID personally and professionally. Staff supporting the call line recognize callers are often first responders and will allow callers to openly express their experiences and feelings serving Alaskans impacted by COVID. 

  • Integrative Medicine and Health has a collection of well-being resources for yourself and others. This PTSD Coach Online provides specific tools for specific problems you may want help with. If you are experiencing grief, you may find resources to cope here.

  • The National Academy of Medicine has curated a large bank of resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. This article shares important information on how nurses can protect themselves from the effects of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue as they work to save others.