The Network Government Relations and Public Policy Team continues to advocate on behalf of Network practices and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 31, The Network sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting targeted assistance to healthcare providers to offset emergency expenses and lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The letter also asked CMMI to consider extending the Oncology Care Model and suspending two-sided risk, as well as delaying implementation of the Radiation Oncology Model. Last, The Network encouraged the administration to consider temporary, targeted utilization management relief to allow practices to redeploy staff to more pressing needs and coverage options to ensure seamless cancer care for patients dealing with job loss during this crisis. Network Letter to Secretary Azar
Federal Support for Physician Practices Affected by COVID-19
The federal government has taken broad action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing small business support to stabilize the economy. For many practices, the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides cash-flow assistance through loans with the option of loan forgiveness if the employer maintains payroll, may be worth pursuing. For more details on this program, click here.
For more information on additional federal relief and financial support opportunities available to eligible Network practices, click here. Please consult your finance and human resource teams as you consider pursuing these options.
Federal Agency COVID-19 Quick References
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Small Business Administration