Study Finds Outpatient Practices Hit Hard by COVID-19 Pandemic

Policy and Medicine (06/16/2020) Sullivan, Thomas

A Rockpointe study gauged the effect of COVID-19 on ambulatory care offices across the United States, in order to define continuing education needs for clinicians to help them manage cases at private practices. Survey responses and recent literature highlighted training areas such as obtaining sufficient knowledge of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infection risk amelioration guidelines for practice settings. Also deemed valuable is specified guidance for individual outpatient specialties, and deploying telemedicine within patient care, including available platforms, documentation, reimbursement and engagement. Other critical considerations for continuing education include effective patient communication regarding pandemic-related issues and strategies for managing patients in special populations.

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