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Financial Impact on your Practice, New Resources & CMS Deadline

Monday, June 1, 2020  
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A COVID-19 message from APA Leadership

Recent developments related to coronavirus may require your attention or be of interest to you. Find a summary of important updates and additions to APA’s coronavirus hub below.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted You & Your Practice Financially?

APA is surveying members to understand the financial impacts of coronavirus on your practice. This information will inform our advocacy work on behalf of our members. Information you share is not personally identifiable and will only be used only in the aggregate. Take the survey »

June 3 Response Required for All Who Received CMS Payments Through the Provider Relief Fund

Health and Human Services (HHS) has distributed $70 billion in a Provider Relief Fund to physicians who accept Medicare to help alleviate financial loss due to COVID 19. If you accept Medicare, you should have received these funds automatically. We recommend you check with your financial institution regarding a deposit from Optum Bank with "HHSPAYMENT" in the notation. If you received these funds you must agree or disagree to the program terms and conditions by June 3, 2020. Click here for more information »

Guidance on Reopening Your Practice and Returning to Service

New APA-developed resources have been added to the Coronavirus Hub for psychiatrists who are reopening practices and returning to clinical service. Find a list of resources like these in the “APA Resources” section of the hub.

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Teams

Finally, we urge you as fellow physicians to take the time to care for yourselves and each other through this unique and stressful time, which can lead to burnout and depression. APA is co-sponsoring a webinar on June 23 to promote peer recognition of the signs and symptoms of suicidal depression. This webinar will also cover how to build a supportive environment in team-based settings. Register for the webinar »

Thank you,

Jeffrey Geller, MD, MPH
APA President

Saul Levin, MD, MPA, FRCP-E, FRCPysch
APA CEO & Medical Director