fbpx

Local news. Locally owned.

Idaho physicians say revenue dropped, send letter to Gov. Little requesting action

Boise Regional Realtors

Doctors offices around Idaho, like many small businesses, say they are struggling.

A new survey of more than 150 clinics around Idaho, found an average revenue drop of 60%. The clinics, which include more than 1,000 doctors, say they’ve taken a number of steps to plug the revenue gap:

  • 70% cut clinic hours
  • 60% cut physician pay
  • 40% furloughed staff
  • 28% reduced staff pay
  • 27% closed satellite locations

The survey, from the Idaho Medical Association and Idaho Medical Group Management Association, said tele-health is on the rise.

But the groups say the remote visits with doctors don’t always see the same reimbursement rate from insurance. IMA and IMGA said only one-tenth of the visits saw 100% paid at the in-person rate. The group also said it, like many other groups, continues to see shortages of personal protection equipment.

[‘Fair is all we ask:’ Idaho airports see big discrepancies in CARES Act funding]

- Story continues below ads -
Idaho Central Credit Union Business Banking
The Sundance Company

“With Idaho already ranking near last in the U.S. in physicians per capita, it is vital that Idaho leaders and insurance companies take action to assist these struggling practices so they can continue to take care of our Idaho communities and families in the coming months and years,” IMA CEO Susie Pouliot said.

The groups wrote a letter to Idaho Governor Brad Little asking for a gradual restoration of elective surgeries, more production of PPE, more testing capacity, and help with tele-health reimbursement rates.

BoiseDev is the area's only locally-owned commercial news outlet. Your support will help us cover more stories and bring you more vital information. Become a member today!

Related

New micro-market opens on Greenbelt near Whitewater Park

Just a skipping stone's throw from the Boise Whitewater Park, a new micro-market welcomes customers along the Boise River Greenbelt. In fact,...

Portion of Boise’s 8th Street becomes pedestrian and patio zone

One block of 8th St. in Downtown Boise will no longer welcome cars - but will feature expanded patios.

Share

Popular

New micro-market opens on Greenbelt near Whitewater Park

Just a skipping stone's throw from the Boise Whitewater Park, a new micro-market welcomes customers along the Boise River Greenbelt. In fact,...

Latest

Live event to feature growing Idaho businesses, entrepreneurs

The Idaho Tech Council's annual Capital Connect event will go online this year - and BoiseDev will help bring it to you...

Large private equity firm buys big stake in Boise’s Albertsons

Boise-based Albertsons Companies attracted a large new investor. Apollo Global Management bought a 17.5% chunk of the grocery giant's preferred stock,...

Albertsons updates risks in public offering in wake of COVID: economy, meat, worker safety

Boise-based Albertsons Companies filed an updated prospectus as part of its effort to take the company public. The long...

Albertsons sees massive sales increase, huge ecommerce boom and hires 55,000 people

Boise-based Albertsons Companies reported its 4th quarter and full year 2019 results Thursday. And while the numbers remain strong - they...

Albertsons, union push to classify workers as first responders, giving them priority for testing and PPE

Albertsons Companies and United Food and Commercial Workers Union asked government officials to classify grocery workers as first responders.

Surge of grocery, retail jobs puts workers on the front lines of pandemic

As many aspects of American life shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, tens of thousands of jobs have sprung up...