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COVID-19: A physician practice guide to reopening

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.

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