Statement attributable to:
Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association
“With physicians reporting that Medicare patients are canceling needed medical appointments because of physical distancing and transportation challenges, the AMA commends CMS for allowing Medicare beneficiaries in underserved areas to access care from their homes. This is a major victory for medicine that will enable physicians to care for their patients, especially their elderly patients with chronic conditions who may not have access to audio-visual technology or high-speed Internet. This change will help patients address their health challenges that existed before COVID-19.”
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