Council Connect Article

Physician Practice Patterns Changing as a Result of COVID-19

Virtually everyone in the United States has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, though it has been a challenge and strain on physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.  

In order to gauge how physicians have been affected by and are responding to the pandemic, Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s most recognized physician recruiting firms, conducted a nationwide survey of physicians April 11-13. Results of the survey — which was conducted in collaboration with The Physicians Foundation — are both encouraging and concerning.  

The survey found that 48% of all physicians are treating patients through telemedicine, up from 18% in 2018, demonstrating that they are quickly embracing technology that increases access to their patients and maintains continuity of care. Of those physicians who are not seeing COVID -19 patients, 60% indicated they are willing to do so, suggesting that there is extra capacity in the physician workforce to treat those who have contracted the virus.  

Of more concern is the fact that one-third of physicians indicated that they would change practice settings, leave patient care roles, temporarily shut their practices, or retire in response to COVID-19. This may pose a challenge to hospitals and other health care organizations were already struggling with physician shortages and turnover once the virus is contained and procedures, treatments and tests resume. You can read the report here.  

Merritt Hawkins is Hospital Council Endorsed Business Partner. Please contact Director of Marketing, Jonathan Close at (858) 465-2053 or with questions or for additional information.