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COVID-19 Outpatient Resources
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November 14, 2023

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Outpatient Resources

This Topic Collection focuses on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, focusing on outpatient settings.

This Resource Collection was reviewed in Fall 2023. Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID-19 outbreak management.

If you have COVID-19 best or promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to workforce protection and sustainability can be placed under the COVID-19 Outpatient Resources Topic.

General Resources


* American Academy of Pediatrics. (2022). Clinical Guidance. (Added 12/10/2020.)
This page compiles links to interim and updated guidance developed by the AAP on topics related to clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Academy of Pediatrics. (2022). COVID-19 Testing Guidance.
This guidance was developed to help pediatric practices determine when to test for severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.
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American Medical Association. (2022). Telehealth Implementation Playbook *.
During a pandemic, healthcare facilities may need telehealth/medicine capabilities. Telehealth policies help to prevent potential exposure in the workplace, thus limiting the impact to the health of the healthcare workforce. This guide is a resource for administrators to initiate those capabilities.
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Some healthcare providers and systems have been providing hospital-level care in patient’s homes for years; others have implemented acute care delivery at home models in response to overcrowding at hospitals due to COVID-19. This tip sheet provides an overview of characteristics of various types of acute care delivery at home programs to help healthcare providers better understand this care model.
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Center for Health Security. (2022). COVID-19 Testing Toolkit. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
This toolkit includes resources describing the different types of testing, information on available tests and testing services, factors to consider when developing a testing strategy, and answers to frequently asked testing questions.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). COVID-19 Specimen Collection. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
These updated guidelines detail processing and handling of clinical specimens for COVID-19 by specimen type and priority, and address storage and shipping.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). Infection Control Guidance. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This updated page recommends infection prevention and control (IPC) practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and particular IPC practices when caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). Point-of-Care & Rapid Testing. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This updated page offers guidance about the regulatory requirements for Point-of-Care (POC) testing, specimen collection & handling, help with performing POC tests, reporting requirements and frequently asked questions about POC Testing.
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Cleveland Clinic. (2020). COVID-19. (Added 5/14/2020.)
This frequently updated page provides resources to assist medical professionals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are organized under the following topic areas: overview, detection, personal protective equipment recommendations, protecting against the spread, care considerations, workforce redeployment, caregiver, ambulatory, bioethics, virtual visits, emergency department, intensive care unit, managerial, operating room, and research.
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CSH (formerly Corporation for Supportive Housing). (2020). What Health Centers Need to Know about CARES Act: An Interactive Resource Guide.
This interactive resource guide provides information about the CARES Act, specifically about funding directed to states, local governments, and community organizations through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. PDF of guide: https://articulateusercontent.com/rise/courses/8YD4u90jeAFP0Yyp-OZxE6KnXGN5V4g8/TOa6jg9JsZPtIq2M-CARES%2520ACT%2520HUD%2520funding.pdf
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Plans, Tools, and Templates


This frequently updated toolkit includes tabulated information about changes to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP); detailed information about blood donor referrals after COVID-19 vaccination or CCP infusion; flowcharts on investigational and EUA use, collection, and testing and labeling of CCP, and a sample flowchart for updating a deferral policy for vaccines to help evaluate donor risk following vaccination.
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This toolkit offers information that can help practices develop and implement a telehealth strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a billing and coding table, and list of common modifiers and place of service codes.
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American Academy of Family Physicians. (2023). Coding Scenarios during COVID-19.
This website offers in-person, telehealth, virtual/digital, and audio-only scenarios for coding.
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American Medical Association. (2022). A physician guide to keeping your practice open during COVID-19. (Added 5/8/2020.)
This document outlines a list of steps physician practices should take before reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a pre-visit screening script template, frequently asked questions about privacy and confidentiality, and links other resources related to relaxation of stay at home restrictions.
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* Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (2023). Clinical Pathway for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Active COVID-19 Infection. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This algorithm depicts the clinical pathway for assessing children with COVID-19.
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This algorithm provides evaluation and testing guidance for possible COVID-19 disease in an ambulatory setting.
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Munson Healthcare. (2020). COVID-19 Updates for Providers. (Added 5/4/2020.)
This page - updated frequently - provides protocols and resources for providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are patient care resources (ambulatory triage and workflow, discharge guidelines, worker protections, guidelines and treatments, reopening of services), information for practices (forms, guidance, signage), communications and provider resources, and links to additional information.
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National Infusion Center Association. (2021). COVID-19 Antibody Therapies Resource Center. (Added 1/13/2021.)
This webpage includes resources for providers, prescribers, and patients to help support the safe and appropriate use of COVID-19 infusion therapies. Resources include a searchable COVID-19 antibody treatment locator, antibody therapy guidebooks and playbooks, order sets, checklists, flowsheets, coding guide, frequently asked questions, patient education resources, and other tools.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Office of EMS. (2021). EMS Template Protocol for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Transportation.
This template protocol is intended to assist state emergency medical services (EMS) offices and EMS medical directors planning for their personnel to assist in the administration of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2023). COVID-19 Therapeutics Locator. (Added 1/12/2021.)
This interactive map displays locations across the U.S. that recently received shipments of Bamlanivimab or Casirivimab/Imdevimab to assist clinicians and patients in determining availability of monoclonal antibody treatments.
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This frequently updated toolkit includes tabulated information about changes to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP); detailed information about blood donor referrals after COVID-19 vaccination or CCP infusion; flowcharts on investigational and EUA use, collection, and testing and labeling of CCP, and a sample flowchart for updating a deferral policy for vaccines to help evaluate donor risk following vaccination.
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* American Academy of Pediatrics. (2022). Clinical Guidance. (Added 12/10/2020.)
This page compiles links to interim and updated guidance developed by the AAP on topics related to clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Society of Hematology. (2022). Vaccine-induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia: Frequently Asked Questions. (Added 4/16/2021.)
These frequently asked questions - expected to be updated as additional information becomes available - provide details about the diagnosis and treatment of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) occurring following COVID-19 vaccination.
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The goal of occupational therapy is to be able to get patients back to where they want to be, via a mix of physical rehabilitation, cognitive activity analysis, and improving safety, function, and independence. ASPR TRACIE interviewed Jamie Wilcox, OTD, OTR/L, Kelsey Peterson, OTD, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH® Certified, and Carnie Lewis, OTD, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH® Certified, who work in acute care settings at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California to learn more about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on their jobs. Heather Parsons, the Vice President of Federal Affairs for the American Occupational Therapy Association, also participated in the interview.
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Respiratory therapists (RT) are key members of healthcare teams in a variety of settings. Over the past year, they have played a significant role in the treatment and management of COVID-19 patients. ASPR TRACIE interviewed Katie Mattare, BS, RRT, Clinical Coordinator for the Adult Respiratory Therapy Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland to gain insight into the RT experience during the pandemic.
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Physical therapists (PTs) are an integral component of healthcare teams in a variety of settings (e.g., emergency departments, acute care settings, home health care, and outpatient settings). In hospitals (i.e., acute care and/or inpatient rehabilitation), they may help develop treatment plans, teach patients how to use exercise techniques, and provide hands-on manual therapy to help with healing and improve function. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the way PTs were able to provide care, while the number of patients who needed both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy increased. ASPR TRACIE met with Lindsay Harmon-Matthews, PT, DPT, MPH, J.J. Kuczynski, PT, DPT, OCS, Anthony Ganim, PT, MPT, MBA, and Michael Martin, PT, MPT (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and other affiliations) to learn more about their experiences caring for COVID-19 patients during and after hospitalization.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). Clinical Care Quick Reference for COVID-19. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webpage provides a high-level quick reference for clinicians caring for patients with COVID-19. Links to more in depth information are included throughout the page.
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* Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (2023). Clinical Pathway for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Active COVID-19 Infection. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This algorithm depicts the clinical pathway for assessing children with COVID-19.
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This algorithm provides evaluation and testing guidance for possible COVID-19 disease in an ambulatory setting.
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Nalbandian, A., Sehgal, K., Gupta, A., et al.. (2021). Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome. (Added 3/25/2021.) Nature Medicine.
This illustrated article provides a comprehensive literature review of long haul COVID. The authors review its pathophysiology, organ-specific sequelae, and considerations for multidisciplinary patient care.
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This rapid, dynamic review discusses the long-term effects of COVID-19, based on the experiences of patients who have experienced them, expert consensus, and published evidence. It also addresses how care services should respond and articulates questions for future research.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2023). Side-by-Side Overview of Outpatient Therapies Authorized for Treatment of Mild-Moderate COVID-19. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This regularly updated table summarizes key information for all outpatient therapies currently authorized in the U.S. for treatment of mild-moderate COVID-19.
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Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. (2021). Long COVID: Reviewing the Science and Assessing the Risk. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This report looks at the symptoms of long COVID, who is affected, what help can be offered to those affected, how big of a problem it is, and conclusions and recommendations.
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World Health Organization. (2021). A Clinical Case Definition of Post COVID-19 Condition by Delphi Consensus. (Added 10/8/2021)
This resource offers a clinical case definition for long COVID and describes the process used to achieve consensus.
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Agencies and Organizations


Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. COVID-19 Resource Center.
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American Academy of Family Physicians. Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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American Academy of Ophthalmology. Coronavirus and Eye Care.
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American Academy of Pediatrics. Critical Updates on COVID-19.
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American College of Cardiology. COVID-19 Hub.
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American Pharmacists Association. Pharmacists' Guide to Coronavirus.
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American Society of Clinical Oncology. Coronavirus Resources.
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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center.
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Health Center Resource Clearinghouse. COVID-19.
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Health Resources and Services Administration. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
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Medical Group Management Association. COVID-19 Recovery Center.
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National Community Pharmacists Association. Coronavirus Information.
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  • William James An Important for COVID-19 Patients https://hardingradiology.com/blogs/an-important-toll-for-covid-19-patients/
    11/13/2020 8:50:38 AM
National Infusion Center Association. COVID-19 Guidance and Resource Toolkit.
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. COVID-19.
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