Physician Visits Down 7% in July
They added that these volumes may be down because a strong relationship exists between physician office visits and diagnostic test orders (through labs and radiology).
In addition, physician office visits tend to be an important leading indicator for elective outpatient surgery volumes. The ambulatory surgical centers may be impacted as well with not only soft demand but over-capacity to create a "very difficult fundamental environment" over the near-term, they said.
Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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