More than 60,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are now required to register with the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a new initiative to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the new requirement will require doctors, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists and other primary care providers to register at a centralized location.
These health care workers are required to have health insurance coverage and will be required to report any suspicious cases to HHS.
“We are now fully aware that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and we know that COVIDs are very potent, that they can be spread,” Dr. John O’Sullivan, the president and CEO of the American Medical Association, told Vice News.
“We need to be as vigilant as possible.”
The AMA also announced that it is creating a “Coordinating Committee” to address COVID concerns in healthcare.
“It is imperative that we ensure that our members are well informed and have the tools they need to help protect their patients, our profession and our society,” Dr O’Connell said.
“This is why we are calling on the Department to immediately begin implementing the new COVID registration system.”
The move comes after an outbreak in which coronavirus cases in the United States soared from 1,300 to 2,200.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated there were at least 6,000 new cases each day.
The COVID registry, which is still under construction, will be able to identify and track more than 70,000 medical and dental employees, including nurses, therapists, doctors, dentists, podiatricians and other healthcare professionals.
The program is also expected to save millions of dollars and improve access to primary care by reducing the amount of time people spend waiting in long lines at hospitals.