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June 5, 2020
As patient volume remains low amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ACP requests funds be allocated to practices to make up for lost revenue and increased costs.
Congressional News and Perspective
In next phase of coronavirus relief legislation, ACP is lobbying for pay parity for audio-only calls, support for COVID-19 response workforce, infrastructure and health system funding, and federal funding for Medicaid.
Passage of legislation recently introduced in U.S. Senate will temporarily ease immigration-related restrictions, allow IMGs to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Advocacy in Action
In a statement released this past week ACP said that African-Americans being subjected to discrimination and violence against them because of their race is never acceptable and ACP stands in solidarity with all who are affected. In the statement ACP further called for implementing solutions to discriminatory actions and violence, and called for individuals who commit such acts and others with decision-making authority to be held accountable.
ACP is soliciting feedback from members about how physicians and their practices are coping with the COVID-19 national emergency and the strain it is placing on medical practices. Information collected from the survey will help inform our COVID-19 advocacy and practice management support. Fill out the survey on the ACP website.
Resources from ACP to help practices deal with the changing situation under COVID-19 are available on the COVID-19 Practice Management Resources pages.
In Case You Missed It
In an Ideas and Opinions article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, a group of ACP leaders said that policy recommendations outlined in the organization's “Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System,” can help advise current actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and guide future actions to improve the health care system. The article, “The Collision of COVID-19 and the U.S. Health Care System,“ calls attention to how the pandemic has exposed underlying flaws in our health care system.
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