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 email@example.com.
- Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told
- Chronic Disease Care Costs Get Bipartisan Attention
- As States Regulate Provider Competition, Common Threads Emerge
- Mayo Tops U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings
- CareFirst Announces PCMH Program Results
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- Hospitals Seeking to Understand PPACA Impact Turn to Data
- The case for concierge medicine
- Telemedicine Providers Welcome AMA Guidelines
- ACGME Chief Sees 'Huge' Risk of Error in Proposed Assistant Physician Licensure