What has The Medical Association of the State of Alabama done for you lately?
1, Liability Protection
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama continues to fight for our state’s physicians in the face of lawsuits and damaging legislation related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have helped to enact executive orders to protect you from COVID-19 lawsuits and encouraged Alabama’s legislators to make conscious decisions regarding the safety of both Alabama’s physicians and patients.
2. Communicating Covid-19
MASA’s staff has been diligent in informing our physician members with up-to-date information about practicing medicine among the impacts of Covid-19. We have shared resources tailored to your specific setting including:
- Information Relevant to Practices such as Steps to Prepare for Covid-19, Ways to Optimize PPE Supplies, and Guides to Reopening your Offices
- Information Relevant to Specialty Physicians including Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Information Relevant to Clinical Care like Guidance for Infection Control Prevention and Strategies to Prevent Coronavirus Spread in Long-Term Care Facilities
3. PPE Provisions Among Scarce Supply
Since March 2020, MASA has coordinating the orders of over 40,360 units of PPE to 200 physician offices. Over 800 miles were traveled throughout Alabama, hand-delivering necessary protective equipment to physicians just like you.
4. Grants for physicians
In response to our advocacy and recommendations, Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $35 million from Alabama’s federal coronavirus relief money to set up the grant program to help physicians, dentists, clinics, ambulance services, and other health care and emergency response providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On a first-come-first-serve basis, the state of Alabama will offer cash grants in an amount up to $15,000 (per practice) for Alabama health care and emergency response providers that meet eligibility requirements.
5. Advocate for Telehealth Policies
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama continues to strive for greater telehealth coverage. We have worked with insurance companies to increase their policies and coverages of necessary telehealth services. Because of the impacts of Covid-19, more than 71% of physicians said they’re likely to continue providing telemedicine so long as insurers continue covering the services for patients. We will continue to fight for Alabama’s citizens as so many need telehealth services.
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