David Burik, payer/provider consulting division leader at Guidehouse, anticipates much variation in how well organizations weather COVID-19 and in the types of long-range challenges providers will face in the pandemic’s aftermath. Burik says the top challenges will include how organizations:
Manage the recovery period
Adapt to the new normal
Navigate a period of increased consolidation
COVID-19 has had a wide-ranging and varied impact on the nation’s hospitals, Burik said. Some communities have had few cases and little economic displacement, and providers in those areas already have close to a full elective surgery schedule. But other organizations have seen hundreds of COVID-19 patients while their communities cope with great job loss and widespread public concern about recovery.