AGS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information Hub

Welcome to the AGS COVID-19 Information Hub


In an effort to collate relevant information for easy access while not duplicating the important works of authorities in public health, the AGS is using this space as a "one-stop-shop" for select tools and guidance relevant to care for older people. We welcome any suggestions for content or structure from our members or the geriatrics community at info.amger@americangeriatrics.org.

Coronavirus

For Older Adults & Caregivers

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like COVID-19. COVID-19 illness ranges from mild to severe, though for some it can be deadly. Symptoms usually start 2-14 days after infection. They may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Click here for information from the AGS Health in Aging Foundation.



For Health Professionals

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Important Guidance on Distribution & Receiving Funds

As part of the distribution of the $100 billion provider relief fund provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced $30 billion in immediate relief funding to providers in support of the national response to COVID-19. HHS has partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the stimulus payments. Physicians and other providers should contact UHG’s Provider Relations at 866-569-3522 to determine eligibility, whether a payment has been issued, and where it was sent. If a physician or practice did not already set up direct deposit through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or UHG’s Optum Pay, they will receive a check at a later date. Practices that would like to set up direct deposit now can call UHG Provider Relations. For providers who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution, you must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 30 days of payment. The terms and conditions are listed here and the Payment Attestation Portal can be found here.

Access more information with this AGS webinar covering COVID-19 and financial relief for clinicians.

Resources & Tools for...

Understanding COVID-19, Care Planning, & Communications Skills

Media coverage and heightened societal concern mean that many older adults and caregivers may feel anxious, overwhelmed, or afraid to address COVID-19--especially when it comes to care planning.

Remember: The coronavirus and its consequences make no distinction based on personal characteristics, including age. As we work to support older adults and caregivers in the clinic, we should also support communication that's respectful, responsive, and person-centered. For a quick-start guide of general terms and messaging to avoid, click here.

In addition, consider consulting these resources for best practices on conversations about COVID-19 and care plans.

COVID-19 Communications Skills (A VitalTalk Playbook of Tips)

Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness COVID-19 and Social Isolation Resources

How to Talk with Others about COVID-19

OPTIMISTIC COVID-19 Resources for Care Planning