Last Updated: May 14, 2020
HARRISBURG, Pa. – New data from the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) highlights some of the economic challenges physician offices and medical facilities have faced due to the drop in non-emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey was conducted in late April and included 983 physician participants in 55 counties throughout the commonwealth.
View entire survey
Notable findings 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.
“My physician colleagues in this survey are concerned about the long-term impact of COVID-19,” said Lawrence John, MD, president of PAMED. “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that these medical practices and hospitals remain financially stable so that patients have access to follow up on health concerns that they had put off because of the pandemic. We do not want to replace one health crisis with another health crisis.”
PAMED collaborated with Rockpointe Corporation and several other state medical societies for this survey. View entire survey
Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society
About the Pennsylvania Medical Society
PAMED is a physician-led, member-driven organization representing all physicians and medical students throughout the state. We advocate for physicians and their patients, educate physicians through continuing medical education, and provide expert resources and guidance to help physicians and their organizations navigate challenges in today’s ever-evolving health care system. For more information, visit www.pamedsoc.org.