COVID-19 Newsdesk

Given the rapidly developing information during the coronavirus pandemic, provided below please find a listing of carefully selected articles that are relevant to you and your practice in California.


HHS Increases and Begins Distributing Over $24 Billion in Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding
Department of Health and Human Services, December 17, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is announcing it has completed review of Phase 3 applications from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program and will distribute $24.5 billion to over 70,000 providers.

Anesthesia Practices See Major Financial Hit as Physician Anesthesiologists Pivot During COVID-19 to Treat Patients in Critical Care and ICUs, ASA Survey Highlights
American Society of Anesthesiologists, May 28, 2020

A recent survey of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds a majority of physician anesthesiologists pivoted from working in the operating room to treating COVID-19 patients

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COVID-19 and the Upcoming Financial Crisis in Health Care
Michael Barnett, MD, MS, et al., April 29, 2020

Beyond the clinical challenges of Covid-19, there are formidable financial challenges for providers, and many will not survive without immediate support from both the government and private insurers.


California Department of Public Health Release: Resuming California's Deferred and Preventive Healthcare
Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, April 27, 2020

Considerations and guidelines that should be reviewed and met prior to resuming health care for non-emergent and non-COVID-19 health care, including elective and non-urgent procedures at hospitals, and outpatient care.


CSA and CASA Issue Joint Statement on Resuming Elective Scheduled Surgeries in California Ambulatory Surgery Centers 
April 24, 2020

Guidelines that address phasing in procedures, assess how to prioritize them, how to ensure facilities are adequately prepared and how they will put into place new protocols to protect the public health and safety of patients and staff


CMA Issues Guidelines on Reopening California’s Healthcare System
Executive Summary, 4/22/2020

As we begin to reopen our health care system, the California Medical Association (CMA) proposes several steps that will be instrumental to ensuring the ongoing safety of patients and the health care workforce. 


Medical Staffing Companies Cut Doctors’ Pay While Spending Millions on Political Ads       
by Isaac Arnsdorf, Propublica, 4/20/2020  

While cutting benefits for emergency room doctors and other medical workers, TeamHealth and Envision have spent millions on ads meant to pressure politicians working on legislation to cap out-of-network costs for Americans.


In Fine Print, HHS Seems to Have Banned Surprise Medical Bills During the Pandemic
by Emmerie Huetteman, NPR, 4/17/2020

U.S. officials offering emergency funding to hospitals, clinics and doctors' practices during the coronavirus pandemic have included this stipulation: They are not permitted to foist surprise medical bills on COVID-19 patients.


Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic: Joint Statement
American Society of Anesthesiologists, 4/17/2020

A joint statement of the ASA, American College of Surgeon, AORN, and the American Hospital Association for the resumption of elective surgeries.

Pain Medicine News

ASA Town Hall: Response to Eliminating Scope of Practice Rules
Pain Medicine News, 4/15/2020

The president of the ASA, Mary Dale Peterson, MD, issued a brief response on the federal government’s decision to waive scope of practice rules this week during the weekly ASA town hall, on Thursday, April 2.

Anesthesiology News

Shortages of PPE Continue as Workarounds Are Found
Anesthesiology News, 4/14/2020

As COVID-19 continues to challenge health care systems, doctors struggle to find a way to deal with shortages of PPE. Yet reuse strategies and ingenuity are combining to help anesthesiologists confront the issue head-on.