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Survey: Physicians Key to COVID-19 Recovery

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2020 was a challenging year for health care professionals. Many physicians have been on the front lines of COVID-19 care, yet have seen their practices diminish or even close due to the virus.

Physician search firm Merritt Hawkins, a HASC Endorsed Business Partner, and the Physicians Foundation tracked how the COVID-19 pandemic affected physicians in 2020 through three national surveys. The results make valuable reading for physicians and others concerned about economic trends affecting health care. View a two-page survey synopsis here.

The surveys examined how the pandemic affected physicians financially, changed their practice plans and patterns and impacted their mental and physical well-being. They also collected physicians’ input on how COVID-19 and other challenges facing health care professionals should be addressed.

“American physicians, who handle approximately 1.3 billion patient encounters a year, including emergency room treatment, will clearly play a key role in restoring the health of Americans and in implementing changes in health care delivery driven by COVID-19,” said Kurt Mosley, vice president of strategic alliances for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care.

Merritt Hawkins will continue monitoring physician practice patterns and perspectives and reporting on physician supply, demand, recruiting and retention trends as the new year unfolds.

HASC members who would like a complete report on the three surveys can contact Ben Adams, Ben.Adams@merritthawkins.com. To learn more about Merritt Hawkins, please visit https://merritthawkins.com or email Kurt Mosley.