Congress Passes $2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package: What is the Impact to GI Practices?

From ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide emergency aid as the U.S. struggles to deal with COVID-19. This is the third bill Congress has passed in response to COVID-19 and is the largest economic rescue package in U.S. history, and discussions are already beginning on a likely fourth package in response to the outbreak. The U.S. House passed the bill on Friday by voice vote, and President Trump quickly signed it into law.

There are many key provisions impacting ACG members and GI practices serving your communities, both as clinicians on the front-lines of care and as small business owners. Please find below ACG’s summary for membership. ACG will continue to advocate for the safety and solvency of GI practices and will provide updates as the federal government begins the process of digesting and implementing this massive stimulus package.

Click here for the “Key Healthcare and Small Business Provisions Provisions Impacting ACG Members.”

New ACG Practice Management Toolbox Article: Essential Guide to Telemedicine in Clinical Practice: EASY STEPS TO RAPID DEPLOYMENT

Drs. Eric Shah, Stephen Amann, and Jordan Karlitz outline a five-step plan for gastroenterology practices to transition rapidly and successfully to telehealth during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The article also provides ACG members with the tools and resources to stay up to date on the latest telehealth developments occurring in your specific state.

Remember to contact your ACG Governor on important state and local issues impacting you and your practice.

The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the American College of Gastroenterology. Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. There are currently 77 Governors across seven different regions in the U.S. and abroad. The Board of Governors acts as a two-way conduit between College leadership and the membership at-large. This helps the College make certain it is meeting the evolving needs of the membership.