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Practice Protection Committee

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Practice Protection Committee is monitoring federal actions intended to ease the financial burden imposed on practices by the COVID-19 pandemic. On these pages, Fellows can find information on current and previously available resources including eligibility and responsibilities for those who have accessed federal financial aid programs. ACS staff will regularly update this information to reflect the most accurate available.

In addition to the Financial Resources document, Fellows can find numerous other resources provided to assist them manage these extraordinary circumstances.  These include the ACS Employed Surgeon Handbook, the ACS Private Practice Handbook, webinars to assist Fellows in light of circumstances imposed by the pandemic, a series of video interviews with members of the committee on selected topics and a library of additional resources. In addition, the ACS Practice Protection Committee produced a comprehensive guide, Economic Survival Strategies in the COVID World, which includes a set of key principles and a suggested process for Fellows to undertake to shore up personal and business finances. The guide includes a spreadsheet exercise and suggestions to consider based on which of three specific scenarios most accurately describes the one’s current financial situation.

Latest Updates

HHS Renews Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) July 23 formally extended the COVID-19 PHE declaration for another 90 days. The previous extension was set to expire on Saturday, July 25, meaning that the new extension will be in effect until October 23, or until Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar deems that the emergency no longer exists.

Several payment policies and regulatory adjustments are linked to the PHE. Examples of policies linked to the PHE are the Medicare inpatient 20 percent add-on payment for COVID-19 patients, increased federal Medicaid matching rates, requirements that insurers cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing, and waivers of telehealth restrictions.

COVID 4 Package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated on July 23 that Senate Republicans have assembled a framework for the next coronavirus relief package and intend to release a proposal during the last week of July. The focus of the new relief bill is expected to be on children, jobs, and health care, according to comments made by Senator McConnell on the Senate floor.