Re-open Safely:  Guidelines on Re-opening and Staying Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By now, most medical practices in most areas of the country have re-opened at least in a limited capacity, following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown earlier this spring. But, with a resurgence of cases this summer and uncertainty about what direction the virus will take this fall, many are wondering how to continue to remain open and keep their patients safe.

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), practices need a checklist of criteria to answer in order to re-open and stay open (checklist details found in the AMA’s “A Physician Guide to Keeping Your Practice Open During COVID-19”):

  • Comply with governmental guidance
  • Make a plan
  • Anticipate and plan for COVID-19 exposure in the office
  • Make a plan for what should be done if an employee contracts COVID-19 while at work
  • Plan in increments
  • Institute safety measures for patients
  • Ensure workplace safety for clinicians and staff
  • Implement and make continued use of a tele-triage program
  • Continue the practice of screening patients before scheduled in-person visits
  • Coordinate testing with local hospitals and clinics
  • Limit non-patient visitors
  • Review coverage with your medical liability insurance carrier
  • Establish confidentiality/privacy
  • Consider legal implications

There are many resources available from national and state-based organizations to help you reopen to both patients, residents and the community. Here are some for your reference: