The Federation and eight other health care organizations sent a letter today to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the agency to extend the deadline by which providers must use their COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF)
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the practice of medicine and the physician-patient relationship. In the past 12 months, millions of patients have chosen to see their doctor virtually or – as statistics show –
Patients often form strong and long-lasting bonds with their care providers and COVID-19 has drastically altered that ever-important doctor-patient relationship. Visits have moved online and fear of the virus has some patients skipping care altogether. This raises three concerning questions for physicians: how are patients with chronic diseases managing their treatment without regular in-person care; are patients putting their lives at risk unnecessarily by delaying care and screenings; and how will their practices survive through the pandemic so they can continue caring for their communities?
Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, and a practicing allergist/immunologist, joined Chip to discuss how private physician practices have been handling COVID while caring for their patients and how Congress is helping.