Despite Visit Rebound, Primary Care Practices Are Struggling to Survive

May 27, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under For Employers, For the Workforce

Last modified May 28, 2020

The results of this study show that outpatient visits are reviving slightly across the United States. Having dropped 60% from their pre-pandemic level in early April, office visits are now significantly higher but are still 30% less than the baseline, on average, according to new data from the Commonwealth Fund, Harvard University, and Phreesia, a health information technology firm.

The study shows primary care practices are now experiencing 25% fewer visits than they did in early March. “Primary care practices are in dire straits, and their ability to treat patients is under threat,” said Melinda Abrams, MS, senior vice president of delivery system reform and international innovations for the Commonwealth Fund. “In the long term, an investment in primary care will ensure we have primary care, because we are concerned about its collapse.”

Health policy experts from the Commonwealth Fund and other organizations propose that the next round of federal economic stimulus funding include recovery resources dedicated to primary care practices, especially small practices and those in underserved areas.

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