The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all facets of the healthcare system, including providers and their patients. Some providers chose to close offices completely, while others rescheduled well visits to future dates. As a result, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) reports that practices cite a 60% decrease in patient volume since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
Now, as providers begin to welcome patients back into their practices, and as patients begin to feel more comfortable returning to the doctor’s office for well visits, there is an opportunity for providers to ensure patients have received the vaccines they need. Given the current health risks associated with the coronavirus, it’s critical that patients have the best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases to maintain their overall health. Below, we highlight several considerations for providers as their patient visits begin to increase.