Professional Services COVID-19 Resources

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Professional Services COVID-19 Resources

Our professional services group has compiled articles and resources to help businesses find the needed information to assist them in navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Along with other businesses, professional service firms have been thrust into the great unknown amid the extraordinary amount of disruption caused by the global outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease. To assist in navigating these turbulent times, our team of experts have created and compiled several resources to help you tackle these challenges while continuing to meet the needs of your customers.

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Trending Articles for Physician, Medical, & Dental Practices

Telemedicine offers the potential for increasing their revenue
David Zetter, founder of Zetter HealthCare LLC, says that with careful preparation, practices can profit from telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. view video

Hospital, private equity or super group: Pros and cons of different practice arrangements
Analyzing different ways practices can stay competitive, including hospital arrangements, private equity and forming a super group. view video

Why virtual visits can be more tiring for doctors than in-person visits
Kurt Stange, MD, says many physicians find they have to work harder to project their humanity to patients during virtual visits than when they see them in person. view video

Cyberattack threat to health care providers on the rise
With much of the nation’s health care infrastructure focused on COVID, the world’s hackers sense an opportunity. Cyberattacks are increasing, forcing hospitals and health care providers to divert precious resources to boosting security. Medical Economics spoke with Matt Gyde, CEO of NTT Ltd. Security Division, to discuss cybersecurity in healthcare, and how cybercriminals are using the pandemic to go after vulnerable facilities. read on

How Liable are Dental Practice Owners During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
States now are allowing dental practices to resume elective treatment. If you run a dental practice and have decided to reopen, you could be making yourself liable if an employer or patient contracts COVID-19 from your office. read on

Physicians can take steps to protect their families from COVID-19
It is the greatest fear physicians and all others working in health care currently face: What if they unknowingly infect their families and loved ones with novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Some are going as far as living apart from their families for the duration of the crisis, according to news reports and an article posted on the American Medical Association’s website. “Obviously it is heavy on the mind of all providers who are working with patients who are infected and those who we don’t know that are infected with COVID-19,” Mark Rupp, M.D., a professor and chief of the infectious diseases division at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, said in the article. “All of us are having those questions and concerns as we head home to our family and loved ones.” read on

Which revenue cycle management system is right for your practice?
Robert Tennant, director of health information technology policy for MGMA, explains how physicians can choose the right revenue cycle management system for their practice. view video

Financial Solutions Can Aid Struggling Practices
Chris Panebianco, chief marketing officer of Bankers Healthcare Group, breaks down the increased costs of reopening practices and what financial solutions are now available to help dentists safely and effectively practice again. view video

COVID-19 will probably lead to more burnout among primary care doctors
Susan Hingle, MD, believes COVID-19 will heighten the causes of burnout, such as loss of control and lack of work support networks. view video

Survey: Telehealth on the rise, popular with patients
More Americans are using telehealth services and appear to like it, according to a new survey. read on

Post-Pandemic Dentistry: Tips for Deciding When and How to Reopen
Though your region may be reopening or is expected to do so soon, many dental practices are still limited to urgent care or closed entirely. But lifting restrictions doesn’t mean a return to normal. The question is just what it does mean for your practice. Opening your doors means adapting to a new normal, one that will continue evolving for weeks and months to come. read on

What practice management strategies can be utilized to deal with the decrease in revenue?
Careful cost containment is the most effective method, but not the only one … view video

As Some States Consider Reopening, ADA Offers PPE Guidance to Dentists
As dentists consider reopening practices, ADA offers interim guidance to protect dentists, patients and staff .. read on

Senate Passes Coronavirus Legislative Package
The ADA summarized some of the ways the bill could potentially affect dentists and their patients including three issues of most interest to dental practices: emergency paid sick leave; emergency expansion of family and medical leave; and tax credits. …. read on

6 Ways to Prepare your Medical Practice for Coronavirus
Many physician practices throughout the U.S. are starting to see the impact of the coronavirus. As the highly contagious virus is only likely to spread in the weeks ahead, now is the time for leaders to prepare for how they will help diagnose and treat patients and keep their practices running … read on

Anticipating Coronavirus Impacts on Private Practice: A Thought Experiment
Physicians and practices need to prepare now for the short- and long-term business consequences of COVID-19 … read on

Trending Articles for Law Firms

Living by the Lease, Law Firms See New Complications in Office Moves
Firms have seen their tech costs rise dramatically rise amid remote work – putting more strain on the decision of whether to stick together under a new lease. read on

Why Law Firms Seem to ‘Eat Their Young’ During Downturns
Every firm leader is aware of the potential damages inherent in focusing on short-term returns, but the legal model and the environment they work in make the decision process complicated. read on

Working With Coronavirus: How In-House Leaders Cope With More Pressure, Few Resources
One GC for a tech startup worked long hours while self-quarantined in her bedroom with COVID-19. Another hoped to hire more staff for her legal department but got contract management software instead. read on

The Client Side: In-House Lawyers Managing Spend During COVID
Trends guiding the industry. Joe chats with Aaron Pierce, GM of CounselLink about its latest Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report compiling client data on outside vendor spend. The report covers the whole year, meaning the impact of COVID isn’t really reflected, but Joe and Aaron discuss what to expect from the pandemic’s impact on the client side. Listen 

Prep for Deep Cleaning and New Objections: Federal Judiciary Group Releases Guidelines for Resuming Jury Trials
A subgroup of the federal judiciary’s COVID-19 Judicial Task Force suggests having cleaning personnel continuously wipe down the handrails of courthouse stairwells due to limitations on elevator capacity. It also flags constitutional challenges criminal defendants might have due to remote testimony from witnesses. read on

The Covid crisis law firm layoff tracker: What’s your firm doing to survive?
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe has impacted virtually every facet of life. The times we live in are now uncertain, the economy is going downhill, and nothing is normal anymore. If you remember what happened back in 2009, when thousands of lawyers lost their jobs thanks to the recession, you may be starting to have some flashbacks. read on

Moves Toward ‘Soft’ Reopening Underline Tensions, Frustration Over Return to Law Firm Offices
One New York City firm’s tentative steps toward reopening show a tricky balance between government orders, essential client services, business logistics and employee safety. read on

Fake Websites and Fishy Phone Calls: Scammers Are Targeting Major Firms During Lockdown
Four U.S. firms are among a group of legal practices that have been targeted by scammers since the start of the coronavirus crisis. read on

Summer Associate Programs and COVID-19: How Law Firms Are Responding
A firm-by-firm guide to how Big Law is shifting its summer plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic. read on

The Upside of COVID: A License to Risk and Fail
The limitations of the legal swim lanes are a fiction that many of us have collectively bought into. read on

COVID-19 Legal News Roundup
Here is a regularly updated lineup of breaking news and ongoing coverage impacting the profession … read on

Planning in Times of Crisis
Now is the time to plan for the next crisis and prepare for the time when that plan must be implemented … read on

Keep your Business in the Know During the COVID-19 Outbreak
With information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly evolving, DRM is committed to providing you relevant and timely guidance on how to navigate this challenging time. We will update this site regularly as new information emerges. .. read on

The High Demand for Lawyers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
From advising employers how to respond when an employee tests positive for coronavirus to counseling employees afraid of catching it at the office, lawyers are working around the clock to help clients navigate the uncharted legal waters sparked by the rapidly spreading COVID-19. read on

The Coronavirus, This Recession and How Law Firms Need to Plan Now to Protect Their Business
Hugh Simons offers practical tips on what law firms can do now to prepare for the impacts of a recession and the coronavirus on their business, including potential associate deferrals, hiring slowdowns, and marketing investments. .. read on

Trending Articles for Staffing & Human Capital Companies

Staffing Employment Falls to Great Recession Levels in Second Quarter
Following a six-year low in staffing employment during the first quarter of 2020, second quarter data released today by the American Staffing Association reveal the Covid-19 pandemic’s significant negative impact on providers of workforce solutions. U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.1 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2020—the lowest since the Great Recession. read on

Pandemic Problems: What’s Keeping Adults Up at Night?
Three in four U.S. adults are worried about the rising price of groceries (75%) and the increasing cost of living (74%), which they see continuing over the next year as the nation navigates the pandemic’s impact on the economy and daily life, according to the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® online survey conducted by The Harris Poll. read on

ASA Introduces Saely Back to Work Employer Resources
Tools to Help Employers Promote Worker Safety Amid COVID-19
The American Staffing Association announces new resources to help businesses return safely back to work at “brick-and-mortar” job sites as the nation continues to navigate COVID-19. read on

Work from home: More companies are letting new hires work anywhere permanently amid COVID-19 pandemic
Rasha Uthman was hunting for a public relations job that let her work from home from her parents’ South Miami home as they struggled with family health issues, but few, if any, local companies in her field were open to telecommuting. read on 

When Should Staffing Firms File for PPP Loan Forgiveness?
Loans provided to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act may be forgiven under certain circumstances. On May 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration published an application form and instructions for businesses to use in applying for forgiveness. (A detailed analysis of the new form and instructions, including a comprehensive example of how the forgiveness calculations are made, is available in the ASA issue paper “PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions Provide Details on Calculation of the Loan Forgiveness Amount.”) read on

How to Manage Your Remote Recruiters, Keep Your Team Aligned, and Find Some Peace of Mind: Adam Conrad, Founder of Great Recruiters
In this episode, David Folwell, the President of StaffingHub, interviews Adam Conrad, the founder of Great Recruiters, on the impact of the pandemic on the staffing industry, how to stay connected with your team when recruiting remotely, and the new face of the digital transformation. view video

Three Strategies For A Smooth Return To Work In The New Normal
When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., company leaders rapidly moved to temporarily close their businesses and shift operations online, entailing a massive adjustment in the way workforces functioned. Today, HR leaders are working to ensure the smoothest and safest return to work possible — not just in the immediate future, but beyond.  read on

2020 ASA Staffing Law Conference is Now Virtual, Focusing on Pressing COVID-19 Legal Issues
The 2020 ASA Staffing Law Conference will be held virtually, June 3–4, and address critical legal issues pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic. read on

StaffingHub Releases COVID-19 Pulse Survey on How the Pandemic is Impacting the Staffing Industry
We’re proud to announce the release of our COVID-19 Pulse Survey, which provides data on the impact of the pandemic on business revenue, strategy, and workforce management. read on

Why CFOs Are Turning to Flexible Staffing Options in the COVID-19 Era
In the COVID-19 era, CFOs face a critical need to fill important roles either … global issue impacting practically every company in different ways, … read on

How COVID-19 is changing the recruiting and hiring process
Nearly every aspect – from interviewing, to onboarding has changed in recent weeks … read on

Coronavirus and its Impact on the Recruitment Industry
The virus is, unsurprisingly, having a huge impact on businesses and the recruitment industry is certainly not immune to that. Businesses are having to adapt quickly in order to survive and it is very possible that the legacy of COVID-19 may forever change the nature of recruitment and the workplace landscape … read on

Coronavirus to Tax Right Healthcare Job Market
Most healthcare staffing agencies haven’t seen a significant uptick in demand as the coronavirus spreads, although they and the hospitals they serve are preparing accordingly amid an already stretched labor market. It’s still uncertain how much demand will swing, but staffing agencies and hospitals are leveraging their crisis teams and disaster protocols in the meantime. If the COVID-19 outbreak grows significantly, it may exacerbate ongoing labor shortages, billing issues and persistent infection-control conundrums …. read on

Trending Articles for Architects & Engineers

Competence, insurance and planning: the big questions facing practices
With the AJ100 week of virtual activities in full flow, it seems appropriate to ponder what is on the minds of those responsible for the thousands of architects and their job prospects, working for our larger practices, writes Paul Finch. read on

Five questions A/E CEOs are asking themselves
Morrissey Goodale is providing A/E leaders with news and perspective on COVID-19 and its impact on the industry. This week, they discuss what is worrying A/E CEOs this fall and how they’re trying to overcome their anxieties. read on

One in five architects on furlough in June
One in five architects remained on furlough in June, according to research published by the RIBA this week read on

While Still Low, Architecture Billings Begin to Stabilize in June
The AIA reports that—while still in negative territory—the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) began to stabilize in May, easing from 32 in May to 40 in June. (A score below 50 indicates decreasing billings.) Inquiries moved from 38 to 49.3 (but the AIA notes that during the last recession, high inquiries did not convert to billings), and design contracts changed from 33.1 to 44. read on

A call to arms: Covid-19 has thrown up new opportunities for social recovery
The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to networks of innovative thinkers committed to social and environmental sustainability. Architects are well-placed to galvanize others – investors, developers, clients, planning authorities – to get behind this essential obligation to society, says Clare Richards read on

Town planning, architecture and public health will never be the same again
For too long what housebuilders and developers have offered has paid scant regard for people’s wellbeing in good times and sanctuary in bad. It’s time to change all that, says public health expert John Ashton read on

A New Normal
While cities create pedestrian and bike-only streets, and architects redesign half-empty offices, everyone is braced for an unknown future. read on

10 steps employers must take to ensure safety before reopening due to COVID-19
The National Safety Council, in coordination with the SAFER task force, releases comprehensive guidance and recommendations for employers to prioritize workplace safety post-quarantine. read on

Coronavirus’ impact on the A/E industry, May 18, 2020
Morrissey Goodale is providing A/E leaders with news on the coronavirus and its impact on the industry. Highlights this week include a national roundup with a look on the potential future for the A/E industry in terms of business created and lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. read on

 Firms Open Up About Pandemic-Induced Layoffs, Furloughs, and Pay Cuts
With global stay-at-home orders and construction halts during the COVID-19 crisis, architecture firms large and small have been enacting a sweeping suite of cost-saving measures to shore up their businesses. While some firms have received short-term loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the seemingly inequitable distribution has left other practices scrambling. read on

Ask an expert on COVID-19: Managing the business of engineering with Sunondo Roy
Sunondo Roy provided expert advice to engineers and others involved in the business of engineering …. read on

How to overcome supply chain shortages and temporary halts in production
The COVID-19 crisis presents mechanical and plant engineering companies with unprecedented challenges, from shortages in the supply chain and temporary halts in production to the postponement or even cancellation of capital investments. This comes on top of the ongoing downturn in the industry that began in 2018. Players need to act swiftly to mitigate the risks. But they must also develop strategies for their long-term positioning so that they can emerge from the turmoil stronger and fitter for the future …. read on

How is Coronavirus Affecting Architecture Firms? 
As the world reels from the onslaught of COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, the implications for the architecture profession are uncertain … read on

How Architecture Firms are Responding to COVID-19
In this unprecedented time, ARCHITECT asked several design firms to describe the impact of COVID-19 on their staff, clients, office operations, and projects … read on

Small Architecture Firms Call for US Government Help Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
The American Institute of Architects has urged Congress to support small architecture firms and their employees as they struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic. The call comes as small creative businesses in the US fear they could go out of business as the pandemic slows the economy … read on

Trending Articles for Marketing, Advertising & PR Agencies

As Agencies Shed Jobs, Marketers Could Face A New Set Of Challenges Even After The Covid-19 Crisis
Advertising agencies will be forced to shed more than 50,000 jobs through 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research from Forrester. And that’s a loss that could change the way CMOs work with their various external partners. read on

How the pandemic is impacting the advertising business as live sports and events are cancelled and people cut back on spending
The advertising business has been upended by the coronavirus, along with other sectors of the global economy. Advertisers have hit the breaks in spending as sales plummet, audiences for live sports have fallen, and layoffs rip through media companies and advertising and PR agencies. read on

First look: 4A’s issues agency business guidance for surviving Covid-19
What does it take to be a ‘resilient agency?’ The 4A’s new report says be more prone to invest in growth areas and less promiscuous when it comes to client business. But will agencies act quickly enough? read on

These Are The Biggest Marketing Challenges Facing Brands In The Age Of COVID-19
Almost two months into life amid COVID-19, we’re still learning about how this unprecedented crisis is affecting us. And marketers, like me, are watching how this new way of living is changing the way people do business. The effects have already been massive, but we’re only at the beginning. A recent study by Newscred looked into some of the biggest marketing challenges that COVID-19 is bringing to brands—here’s my take on what they found, and how your brand can turn these challenges into opportunities. read on

This is how COVID-19 is affecting the advertising industry
Coronavirus has forced a rethink – the pandemic has led to an immediate drop in advertising spending. First quarter data from Publicis showed that year-on-year revenue in China was down 15%. Countries in Europe saw an average reduction of 9%; Germany and France fell 7% and 12% respectively. read on

Innovating through the Covid-19 disruption
Changing values and behaviors: Disruption changes what we value. During digital disruption, people elevated the values of ease, speed and convenience. read on

Protecting your business against Covid-19 cyber criminals
What has been given surprisingly little airtime is how the pandemic has led to an absolute field day for cybercriminals feeding off the recent uncertainty and increased dependence on digital. read on

How To Lead Your Sales Team Through Uncertain Times
Sales teams are adjusting to new ways of working and disrupted revenue streams; consumers are, understandably, spending less; and some businesses are pausing or canceling contracts. More worrying to these leaders: These pressures may bring sales organizations under scrutiny as a place to trim costs or reduce headcount. But that kind of approach is short-sighted. Making reactionary cuts to investments in your sales force could mean missing out on sales opportunities now, while exposing the business to high costs of rebuilding the sales force later. read on

Search Trends During COVID-19 and the Exit Phase [Infographic]
Search data can be used to better understand audiences and make predictions for the near future. As some parts of the world begin to reopen their doors, what might the COVID-19 exit phase look like based on what search data is telling us? read on

An unprecedented State of the Media
The media landscape is always changing. COVID-19 is changing everything on top of it. Comms is greatly impacted by these realities. Cision’s 11th annual State of the Media Report brings it all into focus. read on

Why Companies Turn To Digital Marketing To Survive COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is posing massive … Here we look at why companies that embrace digital marketing will be … And of course, it would make companies more resilient to deal with any future pandemics. read on

Making The Most Of Your Marketing Team During COVID-19
COVID-19’s sweeping impact on business is already being felt across the globe and all signs indicate that we are in for a long slog of more business disruption to follow. All this disruption means that you will need to rethink how you manage your marketing team. Some of you are in crisis mode and others are in a wait-and-see mode. Regardless, here are a few tips to make the most of your marketing teams during this time of uncertainty … read on

PR and marketing tips for companies in the COVID-19 era
We’re living in a pandemic and everything you ever did before should be handled differently now, including your PR and marketing efforts. read on

Unprecedented Uncertainty: How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting the Global Advertising Industry
As the outbreak upends timelines and traditions, could this also prove to be a turning point? read on

How to handle agency business development during the Covid-19 crisis
Finding the right balance and meeting the needs of your prospective clients. listen to podcast

Advertising vs. Coronavirus: Part One
In the first of a series covering the effect of the ongoing outbreak of the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus upon the advertising industry, ExchangeWire speaks to a variety of technology vendors and industry associations for their insight into how the sector can successfully adapt during such unprecedented times … read on

Coronavirus Could Cost U.S. Advertising Industry Billions
The U.S. advertising industry could face steep losses as sports leagues cancel or postpone live events and consumers spend less while many stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, experts said … read on

Visit our Coronavirus Resource Center

We have created this resource center as a central way to keep you informed of the steps we are taking at this time, and offer you some additional resources and information to help your organization during these difficult times. Our team at blum will stay focused on answering your most pressing questions regarding your business including updates on HR policies, tax deadlines, SBA loan availability, cyber and internal controls, productivity and efficiency, work at home capabilities and security,  business modeling and more. In addition, we will continue to provide timely updates as federal and state officials provide guidance and enact measures.

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