COVID-19: The Latest Updates

There's a lot of information out there. Here's what you need to know.

Advocacy

Join the fight for family medicine: For its June 1-5 "Week of Action," the Academy is rallying members to tell their elected officials how COVID-19 has damaged their practices and threatens the U.S. health care system. The message: Stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care. The AAFP has prepared guidance for members on setting up virtual meetings, as well as detailed talking points and social media tips. 

PC practices need money now: "Our organizations strongly encourage you to provide additional funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid providers," the Academy and six other medical groups told HHS in a May 19 letter. In a separate letter co-signed by the American College of Physicians, the AAFP urged HHS to make a targeted allocation(3 page PDF) of relief funds to primary care physicians.


Practice Management

Review contact tracing guidance for family medicine: Contact tracing is a core disease control measure employed by local and state health departments. This guidance from the AAFP outlines contact tracing basics for COVID-19 and how it will impact family medicine practices.


CME

Webinar offers maternity care strategies: The May 29 "Managing The COVID-19 Crisis: Maternal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic” webinar shares how one physician restructured her practice to support maternal care. She’ll offer guidance for well-woman care, prenatal, obstetric and post-partum patients.


CME

SBA provides “good faith” guidance on loans: The Small Business Administration says recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans of less than $2 million will be understood to have certified the loan’s necessity. See the latest SBA guidance


Member Communications

Replay Town Hall discussion on primary care practice viability: The "Support, Strengthen and Sustain Primary Care" event covered topics like adopting payment models for family medicine and building a more integrated health care system after the pandemic. The on-demand options also offers credit. 


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