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Reopening Your Dermatology Practice

Step 1: Understand your community’s COVID-19 prevalence.


With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many dermatology practices have closed to non-essential patient in-person visits. These recommendations should help you prepare your practice for when you are ready to reopen to all patients. Based on the CDC definition of COVID-19 risk exposure, dermatology practices would fit into the low risk category. CMS has also provided additional guidance to facilities on providing non-emergent care (PDF download) and the CDC has released guidance for office buildings. The AMA has created a guide to reopening practices (PDF download).

Complete a brief form to download a printable checklist of these steps.

Communities with greater prevalence will require opening practices later while those with a lower incidence of COVID-19 may open earlier.

  1. The federal government has noted that a downward trajectory of documented cases over a 14-day period should occur before opening practices to elective visits and procedures.

  2. Consult with your local and state public health department for additional requirements. The AMA has developed a helpful chart summarizing each state’s directives on elective, non-urgent, or non-essential procedures (PDF download).

  3. Keep track of public health department updates on transmission of COVID-19 cases. If cases begin to increase, have a strategy in place to determine whether your practice will need to, again, temporarily reduce services.

  4. Have a plan in place for patients who appear with COVID-19 symptoms and require testing. Consider finding testing locations in your area where you can recommend patients can go for testing or refer the patient to their primary care physician.


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