Ongoing COVID-19 Challenges Stagnate Hospital Visit Recovery

From Street Insider:

Hospital visit volumes for most treatment settings slowed to a standstill during much of the summer as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to weigh on patients. Ongoing analysis from TransUnion Healthcare (NYSE: TRU) found emergency department visits were down 25% through the third week of August compared to pre-COVID-19 volumes.* This is the same level observed eight weeks prior when emergency department visit volumes were also down 25% during the week of June 21-27.

This laggard trend in emergency department visit volumes are partly a result of patients avoiding hospital emergency rooms because of COVID-19 transmission fears, as well as an increased use of alternative treatment settings (i.e. telehealth/virtual visits, urgent care, physician’s office, etc.).

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