Outpatient Visits, Hospital Revenues Down During COVID-19 Outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of visits to ambulatory care practices dropped almost 60% in mid-March, according to a new analysis by researchers at Harvard University and health care technology company Phreesia. Surgical and procedural specialties saw the greatest impact, with the number of visits between March 1 and April 5 decreasing more than 60%. Meanwhile, a recent FAIR Health study reported that larger hospitals and health systems were hit harder financially by the pandemic. The average per-facility revenues based on estimated allowed amounts in large facilities decreased from $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 to $4.2 million in 2020.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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