AACU News & Notes

Physicians Seek Pandemic Relief in Federal Stimulus Package

posted: March 26, 2020

In March 25, 2020, correspondence with Congressional leadership, the AACU joined more than 100 state and national specialty societies to request financial assistance to help physicians sustain their practices and provide their patients with the best possible care during the COVID-19 emergency.

  1. Require all payers, including ERISA plans, to provide coverage and payment for audio-only telehealth visits with patients, at the same level as in-person visits.
  2. Provide dedicated and direct financial support to physicians and their practices on the front lines of testing, diagnosing, and treating patients at risk of COVID-19, recognizing the increased costs they are incurring in the care of such patients.
  3. Provide dedicated financial support to all physicians and their practices who are experiencing adverse economic impact on their practices from suspending elective visits and procedures.

The letter concludes:

The above steps, combined with other measures to make care affordable for patients at risk of COVID-19 are essential to slowing the spread of the virus, and supporting physicians as they honor their sacred obligation to provide care to patients in need, including doing no harm to patients by eliminating elective visits and procedures to minimize patient exposure to the virus.

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