Patient volumes down 35% for independent providers + 4 more survey findings

Patient volumes are down about 35 percent across more than 50,000 independent medical providers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by Kareo, a medical technology company.

Kareo surveyed more than 600 medical practices and 140 medical billing companies in late March.

Four findings:

1. Seventy-five percent of medical practices and clinics were either using a telemedicine solution or planned to deploy one soon.

2. Nine percent of practices reported that they had closed by mid-March, but a far greater number reported concerns about future closures.

3. By mid-March, 28 percent of independent practices were exclusively offering telemedicine visits.

4. On-site care was still being delivered by 63 percent of practice respondents as of late March, but most were exploring alternative care options.

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