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Physician leader: Patients must know about efforts to keep them safe

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Strict safety measures and resourcefulness helped keep a large Virginia group practice open during the COVID-19 pandemic, now the key is to make sure patients know about these efforts. An ability to improvise also helped as the organization found itself in situations it had never experienced before, said Thomas Eppes, MD, president of Central Virginia Family Physicians, a Privia Medical Group Practice with seven offices and three immediate care centers.

“We never completely closed down,” said Dr. Eppes, a member of the AMA House of Delegates and past chair of the AMA’s Integrated Physician Practice Section. “What we realized from the beginning is that..


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