Dr. John M Westfall and 10 others., Opinion Contributor Published 7:00 a.m. ET April 7, 2020 Primary care clinicians and practices won’t get paid for the telehealth they do for patients.While Emergency Departments, hospitals, and intensive care units are in the headlines for their battles against the growing wave of COVID-19 infections, a quieter, but just as dire, struggle unfolds in primary care offices all over the country. Primary care clinicians have been asked to keep our patients safe from COVID-19, screen them, tell them what medicines to use, when to stay home and when to go to the ER. And we are trying to maintain personalized delivery of acute, chronic and preventive services for all our patients. Everyone has been asked to practice social distancing, but we are trying to use our ongoing patient relationships to enable physical distancing with social connectedness.  Nearly overnight we have faced a dramatic reduction of in-person visits in our offices and have responded with attempts to stay in touch with our patients and provide quality primary care through telehealth. What used to be 20 in-person visits, is now 20 telehealth visits, and countless phone calls. But primary care clinicians and practices won’t get paid for much of


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