December 28, 2020

President signs measure that includes $900B in COVID-19 stimulus relief

The New York Times (12/27, A1, Cochrane, Schwartz, Friedman) reports that on Sunday, the president “signed a measure providing $900 billion in pandemic aid and funding the government through September.

December 24, 2020

Updates to Physician Questions on Receiving the Vaccine

Physicians have many questions on how to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and staff. The SCMA is continuing to work with DHEC to obtain answers. Below is a new series of questions and answers on the COVID-19 vaccine.

December 18, 2020

How Do Physicians Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The SCMA has been sending out information on registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for several weeks. With the arrival of the vaccine this week, physicians have had many questions these last few days. Below is a list of the questions we are getting a lot of, along with the answers, in hopes of helping everyone through this process.

December 12, 2020


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech Friday evening, a move that was warmly greeted by the healthcare industry as the U.S. and nations around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic.

December 8, 2020

Could COVID-19 Spell the End of Independent Physician Practices?

59% of physicians anticipate COVID-19 to reduce the number of independent physician practices in their communities, while half think hospitals will exert stronger influence after the pandemic.

December 1, 2020

Thousands of doctors' offices buckle under financial stress of COVID-19

Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August. Caine is one of several parents who followed Heather Decker, M.D., to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments for months with swamped nearby doctors.

November 17, 2020

Arbitration, Not Rate-Setting, Is The Answer To Surprise Billing

At a time when medical professionals are under unprecedented stress dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it would seem that members of Congress would be loath to support a legislative proposal that would benefit insurers at the expense of providers.

November 2, 2020

SC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment

Letter from State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell: The success of our state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will depend on the collaboration of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), our vaccine planning partners, health care systems and South Carolina health care providers to administer pandemic vaccines. Vaccination with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to other important disease mitigation and prevention efforts such as face masks, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing, can help bring this pandemic under control.

October 26, 2020

American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Interim Guidance on Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Child Care Interim Guidance is Updated

The COVID-19 pandemic has exhausted families and upended routines, posing new challenges for children and adolescents who are struggling with existing or emerging behavioral and emotional health issues. Yet children are resilient, especially when they have the right supports in place. To make sure children’s needs do not go undetected during this tumultuous time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new interim guidance on” Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”