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Patients Before Paperwork

Patients Before Paperwork Update: COVID-19 Administrative and Regulatory Relief Advocacy

Over the course of the pandemic, ACP has been advocating for administrative and regulatory relief to remove unnecessary burden on physicians so they are able to focus their efforts on addressing the COVID-19 crisis. The College has focused its advocacy on a broad array of regulatory relief topics. The College's specific correspondence includes:

  • Letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding regulatory relief
  • Letter to the National Governors Association and National Association of Medicaid Directors regarding state-based waivers for telehealth, prior authorization, and home health requirements
  • Letter to American's Health Insurance Plans regarding telehealth payment and coverage expansion, enrollment, prior authorizations, E/M documentation requirements, and performance measurement requirements
  • Letter to BlueCross BlueShield Association regarding telehealth payment and coverage expansion, enrollment, prior authorizations, E/M documentation requirements, and performance measurement requirements
  • Letter to UnitedHealthcare regarding telehealth payment and coverage expansion, enrollment, prior authorizations, E/M documentation requirements, and performance measurement requirements

If you'd like to work with your chapter to advocate for regulatory relief during the COVID-19 crisis, please visit ACP's Chapter Advocacy Toolkit for more resources and calls to action.

ACP Patients Before Paperwork Initiative

Patients Before Paperwork is an ACP initiative designed to reinvigorate the patient–physician relationship by challenging unnecessary practice burdens. To help the Patients Before Paperwork Initiative, provide your feedback with our online data collection tool and contact the Patients Before Paperwork team directly at policy-regs@acponline.org.

Back to the May 29, 2020 issue of ACP IM Thriving