The Impact of Coronavirus on Anesthesia Practices

Over the course of its history as a specialty, anesthesia has been the subject of many legislative and financial challenges, including Medicare concurrency billing guidelines, capitation and managed care contracting. In each case, the advanced press ultimately turned out to be much more traumatic than the actual implementation. And now another next-level challenge threatens the specialty status quo: the coronavirus. While it is now clear that this virus will forever change the way medicine is provided and administered in this country the impact on anesthesia may not be so grim. A review of the actual impact of the virus on surgical case volumes is clearly eye-opening but may provide some useful insight into what a recovery could look like.

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