Why the Industry was Ill-Prepared for Pandemic and What Changes Could Come

Chuck Peck, MD, Modern Healthcare

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"There has to be mobilization of armed forces like the Coast Guard or National Guard because at some point hospitals are going to run out of staff, if they have not already," said Chuck Peck, a partner at Guidehouse.

Healthcare has adapted quickly to match the unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while frontline workers have persevered, the virus has exposed the industry's vulnerabilities. But COVID-19 also presents an opportunity to permanently shape how healthcare providers prepare for the worst-case scenario. Easing of federal licensure and telehealth regulations have helped, but there are only so many doctors, nurses and support staff to go around.

"There has to be mobilization of armed forces like the Coast Guard or National Guard because at some point hospitals are going to run out of staff, if they have not already," said Chuck Peck, a partner at Guidehouse.

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