Doctor's office Some health insurers are offering advance payments to providers to help keep the doors open, but even those measures are a Band Aid for a larger problem that needs to be addressed. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Across the country, businesses are suffering. Whether it’s closure due to stay-at-home orders, decreased demand, increased supply costs or a shortage of key materials, very few industries are immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some businesses won’t reopen when the rest of the economy does, and some jobs and industries will never look the same.

One sector in particular that is at risk of going away: primary care providers. While the financial plight of hospitals and major health systems has been well documented over the past few months, independent and smaller primary care providers have been struggling in relative silence.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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