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.
“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.