Changes to Organizational Policies and Guidelines

Policies and guidelines (including furloughs) that have been implemented because of COVID-19.

(05/30/21) COVID Has Made It Harder to Be a Health-care Worker. Now, Many Are Thinking of Quitting
This article from CNBC analyzes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has made health care professions more difficult, including recent surveys finding large percentages of health care workers have considered leaving their jobs during the pandemic. Many issues existed for health care workers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pandemic exacerbated many of these, such as workload and burnout.

(05/25/21) Pandemic Leads Doctors to Rethink Unnecessary Treatment
This article, jointly published by Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post, highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients, a decades-long issue in medicine.

(05/17/21) Women in Healthcare Are at a Breaking Point—and They’re Leaving
This article featured in Modern Healthcare highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women in the health workforce. Women in the health workforce lost the most jobs in the pandemic, and have not yet recovered from the steepest losses in April 2020.

(05/13/21) How Health Care in the US May Change After COVID: An Optimist’s Outlook
This interview from NPR speaks to Dr. Shantanu Nundy, a primary care physician and chief medical officer of Accolade, discusses some of the positive changes made to health care delivery in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid transition to patient-focused at-home and telemedicine services is seen as a positive by Dr. Nundy, who favors a decentralized model of distributed health care.

(04/26/21) New Report Highlights Certified PA Practice Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic
A new report from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants has outlined trends in the physician assistant (PA) workforce during the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some key findings include more than 60% of PAs having used telehealth during the pandemic, 96% of PAs surveyed being employed in a clinical position nine months into the pandemic, and just 12% experiencing a furlough during the pandemic.

(03/17/21) March 2021 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs
New monthly analysis from Altarum has indicated the health workforce is smaller now than at its pre-pandemic peak in February 2020, including recent drops in January 2021. Overall, the health workforce has decreased by 3.5% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

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