As public health experts determine that it is safe to see patients and stay-at-home restrictions are relaxed, physician practices should strategically plan when and how best to reopen.
The AMA believes that four signposts must exist before state and local governments relax stay-at-home orders:
Minimal risk of community transmission based on sustained evidence of a downward trend in new cases and fatalities
A robust, coordinated and well supplied testing network
A public health system for surveillance and contact tracing
Fully resourced hospitals and health care workforce
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a Phase 1 guide (PDF) for reopening facilities to provide non-emergent, non-COVID care. To build upon those recommendations, the AMA has compiled a guide with a checklist and other resources to ensure that your medical practice is ready for reopening.