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Webinar Director: William Levine, MD, FAAOS
On March 14, 2020 the Surgeon General of the United States urged a widespread cessation of all elective surgery across the country. The suddenness of this mandate and the concomitant spread of the COVID-19 virus left many hospital systems, orthopaedic practices, and patients with significant anxiety and confusion as to the near, intermediate, and long-term future of our healthcare system. As with most businesses in the United States during this time, many orthopaedic practices have been emotionally and fiscally devastated as a result of this crisis. Furthermore, this pandemic is occurring at a time where small and mid-sized orthopaedic groups are already struggling to cover practice overhead and to maintain autonomy from larger health systems. It is anticipated that many groups will experience financial demise leading to substantial global consolidation. As the authors represent some of the larger musculoskeletal multispecialty groups in the country, we are uniquely positioned to provide a framework with recommendations to best weather the ensuing months. We believe these recommendations will allow providers and their staff to return to an infrastructure that can adjust immediately to the pent-up healthcare demand that may occur following the COVID-19 pandemic. In this editorial, we address practice finances, staffing, telehealth, operational plans following the crisis and ethical considerations.
Faculty: Charles Getz, MD, FAAOS; Bruce Cohen, MD, FAAOS; Brian Cole, MD, MBA, FAAOS; Alexander Vaccaro, MD, MBA, PhD, FAAOS
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.