Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption
Kaiser Health News, August 12, 2020
Kaiser Health News looks at the continued pressure primary care physicians find themselves in as a result of COVID-19-induced revenue decreases:
- Corporate owners are giving some practices an ultimatum – show viability or face sale or closure, forcing those practices to cut costs at a time when budgets are already beyond razor-thin.
- Payments for virtual visits are still inadequate, and not all patients have access to technology.
- Most physicians and analysts say transitioning away from fee-for-service to fixed monthly payments for value-based care will be key to primary care’s survival.