Happy Holidays! As we move into winter and the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise and before I try to re-invent the wheel again, I thought I would reach out to see what you all are doing with your sick patients?
Right now, we have one doctor each afternoon to see anyone who screens positive. We rotate this provider each day. This allows for afternoon well visits and consults for the non-sick providers. Some days we have only a handful of patients, some days we have too many and this seems to be unpredictable (no pattern). How are you managing your templates to leave enough available sick time but not too much in case it does not get booked? Overall, our sick visit volume is way below normal.
Also, how are you managing your COVID-19 tests? Are you testing in your office? Are you testing only symptomatic patients and referring contacts to a stop the spread site? We are currently swabbing symptomatic patients and sending the tests out but some of the providers are interested in swabbing asymptomatic kids too and I am not sure I see the benefit. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks in advance!