Updated June 9, 2020

The AMA has been working with state and national medical specialty societies to ensure patient access to care and increase protections for physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Featured updates: COVID-19

Track the evolving situation with the AMA's library of the most up-to-date resources from JAMA, CDC and WHO.

Below is a collection of AMA resources to help advance states’ responses.

State policy recommendations

  • State policy options: A collection of policy recommendations for state regulators and legislators to increase access to care during the pandemic.

Telemedicine

Liability

  • Recommendations for pursuing liability protections at the state level (PDF): AMA and Medical Professional Liability Association joint document outlining actions states can take to secure civil immunity for health care professionals and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Letter to the NGA: Letter from the AMA to NGA encouraging governors to adopt health care emergency response protections for physicians providing COVID-19 related care and those following federal, state and local directives related to COVID-19. 

Medicaid

Stay-at-home orders 

Prior authorization

Elective procedures

Opioid use disorder

Pain

Harm reduction

Support for science-based determinations

  • AMA, American Pharmacists Association (ApHA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) issue joint statement on ordering, prescribing or dispensing COVID-19 medications: Provides detail about key areas that have evolved in recent weeks, including in-patient use of certain medications compared to prophylaxis, the distribution/supply chain, safety considerations and the need for adverse-event reporting, and further supports the need for evidence/science to guide discussions and decisions.

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