Patient Impact: Outpatient Practices in the “New Normal”
It’s no secret that outpatient practices have had to adapt to a “new normal” during COVID-19. The Commonwealth Fund recently published research that outlines how these practices have changed to prevent COVID-19 transmission and ensure social distancing measures. According to the findings, visits to physicians have rebounded across all regions of the United States, but they remain significantly lower than before the pandemic began. States that had more severe lockdowns in the early stages of the pandemic suffered a greater reduction in patient visits, while those that maintained a relative state of openness experienced less dramatic effects. Read the full report.