Credentialing & Privileging | 09.28.20
How to Improve the Surgery Backlog During COVID-19
University of Michigan Health System (09/16/20) Urban, Kylie
A new paper suggests three solutions to addressing the backlog of non-urgent surgeries delayed due to the coronavirus. They include: one, continue to grow telemedicine; two, expand operating room schedules and ambulatory surgery center capacity; and, three, be transparent with patients about surgical billing. "If many of these surgeries continue to be put off, many of these health conditions will continue to progress and could cause the patient to become sicker," warns Dr. Jessica Billig, a resident physician of plastic surgery at Michigan Medicine and lead author of the paper published in Annals of Surgery. "We hope these strategies offer our colleagues across the country some thoughts to consider so we can accommodate the patients that need our surgical care."
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