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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: Patients Equally Satisfied With Virtual Encounters Compared To In-Person Visits, Fear of Covid-19 Leads Other Patients to Decline Critical Treatment, 1 in 5 Hospital Execs Expect Revenue Declines of Over 30% in 2020, AMA Issues Reopening Checklist For Practices

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Can patients be as satisfied with virtual interactions as they are with in-person encounters? According to a new Press Ganey survey of more than 30,000 respondents, that answer is yes. The rapid adoption of telehealth has in fact enabled caregivers to meet the needs of patients with the same levels of attentiveness, expertise, and empathy provided during an in-office visit. Patients have been overwhelmingly positive about their virtual interactions with their care providers, even when technical issues posed challenges. Read More

Psychologists say anxiety and uncertainty prompt irrational decisions — like turning down a transplant when an organ becomes available. In a world seeded with anxiety, fear is gripping not just people who are ill with the coronavirus but those in urgent need of other medical care. Even as the number of COVID-19 cases declines in many places, patients with cancer, heart disease, and strokes, among others, are delaying or forgoing critical procedures that could keep them alive.  Read More

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on hospital finances in the last couple of months, with organizations reporting volume declines of up to 99 percent for some revenue-driving procedures. Nearly two-thirds of surveyed hospital executives expect full-year revenues will decline by at least 15 percent due to the outbreak. Given the financial pressures on provider organizations, almost 30 percent of surveyed executives said the outbreak has increased the likelihood that their organization pursues a merger or a new partnership. Read More

As physicians around the country are working to get their practices up and running again many are thinking about measures to keep patients and employees safe. Building upon the CMS phase one guide for reopening healthcare facilities, the AMA developed a comprehensive checklist for providers to follow to ensure medical practices are ready for reopening.  Read More

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