on Monday, April 27, 2020
Hopefully sooner rather than later, you will be given the “all clear” to resume your practice, at least on a limited basis. Now is the time to get ready for that return to a new normal. Start by creating a plan and then methodically work the plan. Before you start seeing patients, you need to prepare your office. Remember that as a practice owner, you have been trusted with the well-being of your staff as well as your patients.
As it is likely the country’s “reopening” may start in waves, reopening requirements might come with some guidelines such as asking patients pre-treatment questions (triaging), like exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms. Be prepared to triage by creating a policy or procedure for your practice so everyone is consistent in triaging the patient.?You can do this with a form the patient can read and sign along with staff. Other considerations include:
Be aware that any changes — HIPAA guidelines, for example — that were “relaxed” during the pandemic may go back to being enforced.
While our new “normal” may look different than it did before, following these guidelines may help you get back into your routine as soon as possible.