Nation’s Physicians, Nurses and Hospitals Ask for Additional Emergency Funding for Front-Line Workers

On July 22, the AMA, the American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association sent a letter asking Congress to include in the next COVID-19 relief package an allocation of at least an additional $100 billion for the emergency relief fund to provide direct funding to front-line health care personnel and providers, including physicians, nurses, hospitals and health systems, as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AMA also sent a sign-on letter with more than 100 Federation members including the MMA to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) supporting many of the temporary regulatory waivers that CMS issued in response to COVID-19. 

The AMA expressed concern about and urged CMS to sunset the waivers involving scope of practice and licensure. They also affirmed its support for the physician-led team-based approach to care and vigorously opposed efforts that undermine the physician-patient relationship during and after the pandemic. 

There has been concern from some physicians who strongly disagree with a recent Joint Commission letter that took the opposing view on the scope waivers. This sign-on letter was already being circulated to the Federation at that time.