Statement attributable to:
Patrice A. Harris M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association 

“Practicing medicine is harrowing and dangerous in the face of the pandemic, but less noticed is the fiscal peril that many practices face. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recognized this, and its recent action to immediately send accelerated payments to physicians will help keep practices open to Medicare patients. The action is a timely recognition that flexibility is needed at all levels to respond nimbly and effectively to COVID-19.”

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