While early spring was wrought with thousands of hours of physician anesthesiologists' time spent on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, as we slowly transitioned to summer, conversations turned to how to manage the deadly disease while allowing a return to elective surgeries.

In a May 27 article on KevinMD.com, ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, discussed how returning to elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic was vital for the economic viability of health systems and steps that can be taken to do so safely. “All of these steps are essential to ensure the viability of health care providers and systems and, ultimately, safeguard patients while helping them receive the care they need,” said Dr. Peterson.

Days later, results from an ASA survey, that found anesthesia practices were dealing with a major financial crisis due...

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