The organization is pushing for a series of provisions to be included in the third economic stimulus bill currently being written in Washington D.C.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is urging congressional leaders to take bold action to help group practices struggling under the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the latest round of economic stimulus.
In a letter addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, MGMA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Anders Gilberg laid out nine recommendations which will provide direct and increased payments to doctors and their practices to allow them to maintain their financial viability.
“The rapidly evolving situation is creating financial uncertainty for physician practices, who are expending extra resources to make the clinical and operational changes necessary to address the current public health crisis,” Gilberg writes. “Expenses are increasing while revenue is decreasing, creating an unstable trajectory that must be addressed to ensure patient access to care.”
The recommendations laid out in the letter are:
“We stand ready to work with you as you continue to develop legislation to respond to COVID-19,” Gilberg says in the letter.
As of March 18, the coronavirus pandemic has led to a near-shutdown of many cities across the country as the CDC reports 7,038 total cases in the U.S.