On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—the third coronavirus relief package—was enacted into law. The legislation includes a number of provisions to support physicians and provide relief for small businesses, including physician practices. Key provisions include:

  • A new loan program for small businesses, with loan forgiveness opportunities, to assist with payroll, utility payments, and other overhead costs
  • Opportunities for direct financial support for hospitals, physician practices, and others to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to the public health emergency
  • Liability protections for volunteer physicians during the COVID-19 emergency
  • Coverage of COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic products without cost sharing

The CARES Act is a significant step forward in addressing the national public health crisis caused by COVID-19, but much remains to be done to fully address the impacts of the pandemic on physicians, patients, and the health care system. ACOG continues to advocate for you, your practices, and your patients with Congress and the Administration. We are working tirelessly to ensure that any future federal action prioritizes the necessary support, resources, and tools physicians need to stay safe and healthy, keep your practices afloat, and continue to provide exceptional patient-centered care.

The summary below contains information on key provisions related to physician practice and the provision of care in the wake of COVID-19, but is not an exhaustive list of elements that may affect the health care system and employers.

Support for Physicians and Physician Practices


Telehealth Coverage

Diagnostic Testing


CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

Coding Library

The CARES Act was passed to assist business owners with immediate financial
relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs will assist you, your practice managers, and your consultants in identifying what is right for you.