Results of PAMED Survey on Non-Emergency Care

On May 14, 2020, PAMED released the results of its survey assessing the impact of COVID-19 on outpatient care in Pennsylvania. The survey was conducted in late April and was completed by 983 physician participants.

Highlights include:

  • 56 percent say the number of procedures performed at their facility dropped by at least 76 percent since the pandemic began in March.
  • While the use of telemedicine jumped from 13 percent (before the pandemic) to 86 percent during the pandemic, 27 percent report telemedicine reimbursement as “difficult” or “very difficult.”
  • 12 percent say their medical practice has either temporarily or permanently closed; 18 percent are not sure if their medical practice will close.
  • Staff reductions:
    • 76 percent have reduced clerical staff
    • 69 percent have reduced nurse staff
    • 49 percent have reduced nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants
    • 43 percent have reduced physicians on staff
  • 20 percent have less than a week’s worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) in stock.

You can view PAMED’s press release here: https://www.pamedsoc.org/home/pamed-news/articles/survey-covid-19-non-emergency-care-pa

You can view the entire survey results here: https://bit.ly/2Wr9pVO

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