Alteon Health issues update on COVID-19 actions
April 1, 2020
(GERMANTOWN, Md.)—Alteon Health today issued the below letter from CEO Steve Holtzclaw, M.D.:
“We continue to do everything we can to support our providers doing work on the front lines of the COVID-19 health crisis. As the CEO of Alteon Health and a practicing physician, I am on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis myself as we speak, actively seeing patients in the ER as I continue to do clinical rounds in addition to my role as CEO. As the pandemic continues to evolve, we have taken necessary steps to ensure that we can continue to support our doctors, other clinicians, patients, and hospital partners.
That is why I was extremely disappointed to see a recent article published that mischaracterized these actions. We have not cut clinical rates for providers in the field. At the same time, we have expanded eligibility for our clinician health benefits, and we are paying doctors who are self-isolating.
As we build resources for the COVID-19 fight, we are reducing administrative costs but not at the expense of clinicians, as there are fewer needs for non-COVID cases as people stay home more than ever. In situations where there is a surge of clinical need, we will ensure full coverage and support of our valued clinicians.
Steve Holtzclaw, M.D.”
About Alteon Health
With more than 1,700 clinicians serving more than 125 practice locations nationwide, Alteon is a leading provider of emergency medicine, hospitalist medicine, critical care, post-acute care and virtual and home health services. The physician-led practice is equipped with nearly 50 years of experience in providing high-quality, industry-leading and patient-focused care in diverse medical markets. For more information visit alteonhealth.com.